Photo Credit : Lola Donoghue

Photo Credit : Lola Donoghue

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

Photo Credit : Lola Donoghue

Photo Credit : Lola Donoghue



·   Winner of the Strokestown International Poetry Competition (Judges: Jo Shapcott & Gerard Smyth)

·   Shortlisted by Richard Scott in the Rialto Pamphlet Competition

·   Awarded a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from St Anne’s College, Oxford

·   Guest poet at O’Bhéal, a weekly poetry event upstairs in The Long Valley, Cork

·   ‘The Art of Keening’ is published in The Well Review Issue 3

·   Read at Voices of Tuam as part of The Three Rings Festival

·   ‘Blue’ is published in The Irish Times

·   Chosen by Patrick Cotter as one of the readers at the annual Poetry Introductions as part of the Cork International Poetry Festival

·   Shortlisted for the Listowel Poetry Collection Award by Thomas McCarthy



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

·   Longlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (Judges: Jo Shapcott & Daljit Nagra)

·   Commended in the Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition with The Munster Literature Centre, chosen by Patrick Cotter

·   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



·   Third prize in the Resurgence Eco Poetry Prize (now called The Ginkgo Prize) judged by Jo Shapcott & Imtiaz Dharker

·   Selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2017

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

·   Two prose pieces shortlisted in Doolin Flash Fiction Prize (Judge: Liz Reapy)

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

·   Included in Aesthetica’s Creative Writing Anthology 2017

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

·   Shortlisted for the Dermot Healy Poetry Prize



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

·   Six poems longlisted and two poems 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 

Photo Credit : Ethan Leonard

Photo Credit : Ethan Leonard

Photo Credit : Ethan Leonard

Photo Credit : Ethan Leonard