Orla Fay is a member of Boyne Writers’ Group and the editor of Boyne Berries Magazine. In 2001 she won the Meath Chronicle/Bookwise Short Story Competition and in 2003 the Drogheda Creative Writers Adult Poetry Competition. In 2004 she had a poem commended in the Golden Pen Poetry Competition and in 2005 she was awarded 3rd place in the Dunlavin Poetry Competition and published in the 23rd Dunlavin Festival of Arts Annual.
She has been published in The Meath Chronicle, New Poems of Oriel (2006), Boyne Berries Magazine, Crannóg Magazine, Revival Poetry Journal, The Sharp Review, Ropes 2010, NUIG's Writers' Society's Writers' Exchange Chapbook, Riposte, Wordlegs, The Linnet's Wings, The Stony Thursday Book 2011 & 2013, thefirstcut, Shot Glass Journal, Census 3, Silver Blade Magazine, HeadSpace, Outburst, The Galway Review, The Artistic Atlas of Galway, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Carillon, Abridged, North West Words, Orbis, The SHOp, HeadStuff, The Poetry Porch Sonnet Scroll, The Pickled Body, Tales from the Forest, Skylight 47, An Anthology of Reactions, The Meath Writers’ Circle 2nd Annual Magazine, The Ofi Press and is forthcoming in The Ogham Stone.
In 2008 Orla was a finalist in the Meath County Library Éist Poetry Competition. In 2009 she had a poem commended in the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award. In 2010 she had a poem highly commended in the Windows Publications Cavan Crystal Poetry Award. In 2011 she had a story selected for The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions in The Irish Writers' Centre. In June 2012 she published her poetry chapbook Drawn to the Light. She was a featured reader at O'Bhéal in Cork in March 2013. She was highly commended for poetry in The Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards in October 2013 and long-listed in the WOW fiction Awards. Most recently Orla had a poem nominated for the Forward Prize for a single poem 2016.