Canadian author, who writes short storie

Kelly Watt is an award-winning Canadian author. Her first book, the gothic novel Mad Dog, was published in the U.S. with Hamilton Stone Editions, Inc. (2019). When Mad Dog was originally published in Canada by Doubleday (2001), it was a Globe and Mail notable book.


Kelly's short fiction has been longlisted twice for the prestigious CBC Short Story Contest (2015/2018); and the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction Contest (2012). Her creative non-fiction has also been longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Contest (2019), highlighted as the best of travel writing for 2019 at Nowhere Magazine, and won an Honourable Mention at Grit Lit, Hamilton's Readers and Writers' Festival, Memoir Contest (2019). Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Overneath Books, U.K., Hamilton Stone Review, U.S., Nowhere Magazine, The Broken Plate, DAP: The Diverse Arts Project, Dandelion, SOL: English Writing in Mexico and The Malahat Review; and included in the anthologies Best Canadian Stories and She Writes.


Originally from Toronto, Kelly completed her last year of high school at Woodstock School, Mussoorie, India. She graduated and attended university at Schiller College in Strasbourg, France, where she focussed on play writing and drama. She completed one year of the Masters Drama Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; and studied for five years with various instructors at the University of Toronto's Continuing Studies' writing program.
Kelly also loves walking and meditation. To date she has gone on three pilgrimages. She wrote about walking and mindfulness in Spain in her second book, the mini travel companion, Camino Meditations. She completed her meditation teacher training with Naturality Path in Hamilton (2014), and pays it forward by occasionally leading free meditation walks on the Bruce Trail in Ontario. She has taught writing at the University of Toronto's Continuing Studies program. Kelly has lived in India, Mexico, the United States and Canada, but now makes her home in the Ontario countryside with her husband, a miniature schnauzer and two diligent chickens.


Awards & Recognitions

  • 2019 Longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction prize.
  • 2019 Kelly won an Honourable Mention at gritLIT, Hamilton's Readers and Writers Festival. Read her story here!

  • 2018 Kelly was longlisted for the prestigious CBC Short Story Prize. Her story Fall of the High Flyers, was in the top 27 out of two thousand submissions. 

  • 2015 She was longlisted for the prestigious CBC Short Story prize. 

  • 2012 Her short fiction was long-listed in the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction Contest. 

  • 1991 Kelly won first prize in Dandelion Magazine's contest.