Orla McAlinden is a multi-award winning short story writer and novelist. Her debut collection The Accidental Wife won the 2014 Eludia Award from Sowilo Press in Philadelphia. The fourth story from the collection The Visit was a Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the BGEIBA Irish Short Story of the Year 2016 award.
Orla won the CD Lewis Emerging Writer bursary from Kildare County Council to help complete the research and editing of her novel The Flight of the Wren, set on the Curragh of Kildare and featuring the infamous Curragh Wrens. Orla published a short story collection called Full of Grace in May 2019.