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Each thread is its own story
everything woven
is first a lonely particle

~ from ‘Threading Battle Lines’ by Candy Royalle, Red Room Poetry Fellow 2018

The Red Room Poetry Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. Now in its third 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.

Previous recipients of the Red Room Poetry Fellowship: Ali Cobby Eckermann (2017) and the late Candy Royalle (2018). The 2019 Fellow will be announced 3 April.

View the 2019 Fellowship shortlist.

The successful Fellow will receive:

  • $5000 poetic stipend “no strings”
  • $1000 commission to create a suite of poems inspired by an existing Red Room project
  • A two-week residency at Bundanon Trust (26 June 2019 - 9 July 2019)
  • Travel assistance
  • Paid professional employment (delivering 3 poetic workshops)
  • Opportunity to present a public address during the year-long Fellowship

It is expected that the Fellow will complete all activities within 12 months of announcement of the Fellowship, unless otherwise agreed. Applications are open exclusively to poets previously commissioned by Red Room Poetry. There is no cost to apply.


How to apply for the Fellowship

Complete the online application form, attach your CV, three recent poems, high-res headshot and bio and a cover letter (1000 words max) addressing the criteria. Applications re-open December 2019.

Download the criteria and terms and conditions.

Fellowship Timeline

  • Applications open Wednesday, 12 December 2018
  • Applications close 5.00pm Monday, 4 March 2019
  • Expert Arts Panel review applications
  • Winning Fellow announced Wednesday 3 April 2019
  • 2020 Fellowship applications re-open December 2019


Find out more

While this 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.

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