Laura Theis is an award-winning musician and writer. She grew up in a place in Germany where each street bears the name of a mythical creature or fairy tale character. In 2011 she moved to magical Oxford, where she lives with her partner and her scruffy dog Wodehouse.
Her short stories, songs, radio plays, and poetry have been broadcast and/or published in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Canada and the U.S.
Laura has gained a Distinction in the MSt Creative Writing at Oxford University (Keble College) as well as an MA in Theatre Studies, German and American Literature from LMU Munich.
Other accolades for her fiction writing include receiving the AM Heath Prize and the 2018 Short Story Prize by Curtis Bausse. She was runner-up in the 2020 Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, longlisted for the Cambridge Prize, and shortlistedin the Frome Festival Short Story Competition.
For her poetry, she has won the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Prize as well as the 2018 Hammond House International Literary Award. In 2020, she was 'Highly Commended' in both the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize and the Acumen Poetry Competition, and runner-up for the Charroux Prize and the Wirral Poetry Festival Competition. Recent short-listings include the Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize judged by Jackie Kay, the Blue Nib Chapbook Award, the Yeovil Prize for Poetry, as well as three consecutive Live Canon International Poetry Awards.
Her new work appears in Mslexia, Strange Horizons, Abyss & Apex, The London Reader,Rise Up Review, and many others, as well as in various print anthologies. Her first poetry collection, how to extricate yourself, is forthcoming on the 1st of December with publishers Dempsey&Windle. It was selected as the winner of the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize by Paul McGrane.
(a little selection of some of Laura's favourite things: tiny bookshops, enchanted forests, dusk, the sea, dog walks, fairy tale cottages, and being in front of microphones...)