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The Red Room Poetry Fellowship 2020 recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship was established to foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic community, encouraging poets to undertake an intensive period of creative development involving a range of commissions, residency, recordings and publication outcomes. 

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted poets and thanks to all applicants who crafted such considered and original projects that enliven poetry and poetic communities across Australia.

As our judges note 'This year's shortlist is a reflection of the remarkable talent of our developing and emerging poets, page poets and performance poets in Australia. The diversity of the applicants and applications attests to the current strength and vibrancy of poetry in this country.'

Read the Fellow's Statement and Judging Notes

Discover the Fellowship

While the Fellowship is currently only open to previously commissioned Red Room Poets, we're always looking for new voices for upcoming poetic projects. If you're interested in a Red Room Poetry commission, email with a copy of your CV, a suite of your best poems, as well as the kind of projects in which you are interested.

Partners and Supporters

The Red Room Poetry Fellowship is supported by generous individuals and our partners: