Majella Kelly is a poet and photographer based in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland.



·   First prize in the annual Ambit Poetry Competition (Judge: Malika Booker)

·   Shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award with The Irish Times

·    “Portrait of the City with Mastectomy” published in April by Southword

·   Short fiction “How to Measure the Loneliness of a Tidal Island” published in Ambit 232

·   Second prize in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

·   A poem in Aesthetica’s Creative Writing Anthology 2018


·   Included in Best New British & Irish Poets 2017 (Judge: Luke Kennard) by Eyewear

·   Included in Aesthetica’s Creative Writing Anthology 2017

·   Selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2017

·   Third prize in the Resurgence Eco Poetry Prize judged by Jo Shapcott & Imtiaz Dharker

·   Two pieces shortlisted for the Doolin Flash Fiction Prize by judge Liz Reapy

·   Shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize (Judge Jo Shapcott)

·   Two pieces runners-up in the River Styx Flash Fiction Competition

·   Shortlisted for the Dermot Healy Poetry Prize

·   Michaelmas Daisies is published in Poetry Ireland Review (Ed. Eavan Boland)

·   Two poems in The Irish Times under August’s Hennessy New Irish Writing


·   Two Poems Longlisted for Fish Poetry Prize (Judge: Dave Lordan)

·   Shortlisted for Dermot Healy Poetry Prize (Judge: Kevin Barry)

·   Runner-up in Ambit Summer Competition (Judge: Sarah Howe)

·   Second Prize in Dromineer Poetry Competition (Judge: Collette Bryce)

·   Published in Quarryman, The Pickled Body & Cyphers

·   My poem Dragon Pearls is nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Crannóg


·   Third prize in Wild Atlantic Words in Beara, West Cork

·   Highly Commended in iYeats, Sligo

·   Shortlisted for Over The Edge, Galway (Judge: Dave Lordan)

·   Published in Wild Atlantic Words Anthology, Campus: The Poetry School Blog & Crannóg


·   Invited to read at the monthly Over The Edge gathering in the Galway City Library

·   Shortlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize (Judge: Martin Dyar)

·   Shortlisted for Fish Poetry Prize (Judge: Ruth Padel)

·   Published in Skylight 47, Communion by Walleah Press, Australia & The Galway Review