Distinction in Creative Writing (MSt)
Artist Residency at deFeniks Theater, Belgium
supported by the British Arts Council
2020 Mogford Short Story Prize,
judged by Stephen Fry
and Prue Leith
2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize,
judged by Paul McGrane
2017 AM Heath Prize
2018 Hammond House
International Literary Award for Poetry
2018 Short Story Prize by Curtis Bausse
2020 Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition,
judged by Kathy Fish
2020 Wirral Poetry Festival Competition
2020 Charroux Poetry Prize
2020 Geoff Stevens
Memorial Poetry Prize
International Poetry Competition
2020 Live Canon International Poetry Award,
judged by Mona Arshi
2020 Parkinson's Art International Poetry Competition
(Judge's Commendation and Shortlist)
2019 Live Canon International Poetry Award,
judged by Zaffar Kunial
2019 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition,
judged by Jackie Kay
2019 Blue Nib Chapbook Contest
2018 Yeovil Prize for Poetry
2018 Live Canon International Poetry Award,
judged by Liz Berry
2018 Flash 500 Competition
2018 Frome Festival Short Story Competition
2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
2018 CRAFT Elements
Isis Short Story Competition
2020 Poetry International Prize
2020 Cambridge Short Story Prize
2020 Yaffle Prize
2018 Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition
45th New Millennium Writing Awards
Short Stories Aloud Showcase
Praise for 'how to extricate yourself':
“How to Extricate Yourself combines vivid narrative, seriousness and delight in language that moves easily between wry imaginative energy and resonant pathos. This is a debut collection of admirable wit and invention, and introduces Laura Theis – already a successful fiction writer - as a poet of distinctive new voice.”
- Jane Draycott, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
"A sparkling debut...a small treasure box filled with surprising, unusual jewels."
- Christina Houen, Perfect Words
"No one else does weird and tender quite like Laura Theis."
- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, poet and novelist
"Grabbed me not just for the overall quality from poem to poem but also from line to line... I could have read these poems all night and still have read some more."
- Paul McGrane, who selected Laura Theis as the winner of the
2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize
"A witty and playful collection from a gifted poet who blends delicate lyricism with candid confession. An engaging and fresh new voice."
- Anna Saunders, 2020 Wirral Prize Judge & CEO of Cheltenham Poetry Festival
“In these poems which sing and see from a distance, Laura Theis is in complete control of tone – never forced or rushed, convinced the gentlemen callers will leave having not detected the fire in the grates of the witchy girls.... It is a book of entrances and exits - the astronaut's wife, a lover on the moon – reports from a world where jellyfish are admirable, space and distance present both in the barely punctuated lines and between partner and partner. These poems are resourceful and magical, tracing infinity 'the way bees love to eat / honey but also make honey.'“
- Matt Bryden, Judge of the 2020 Charroux Prize
"I made my guiding principle that of memorability. Which stories stayed with me and made their mark, whether by their attention to language and image, or by their originality, or by what they made me think or feel beyond the final sentence. [...] ‘Bird girl’ by Laura Theis is startlingly fresh, with a poetic form and sensibility. This flash made me linger on the beauty of its lines and images, while leaving an indelible emotional impression. [...] [It] has a poetic sensibility along with the essential storytelling of flash fiction."
"...Wonderfully unearthly interconnected short stories
which, like dreams, one doesn’t want to be pulled away from,
and which seem to hazily, subconsciously echo one another....
Laura Theis writes
with a beautiful and compelling strangeness.
This was a pleasure to read.”
“This immensely enjoyable collection
is intelligently and entertainingly told….
with a light touch, and an essential light-heartedness.
It demonstrates an unusual sophistication
and subtlety of approach.”
"I was pleased to see how many stories had a global perspective and diverse characters. Reading through the stories several times, I couldn’t help but be impressed with the quality and amazed by the inventiveness...
As I see it, The Sad Tagine by Laura Theis is the clear winner.
It's a funny, touching, strong story
that deals with grief in an interesting and ultimately uplifting way.
It also made me laugh. Each time I read it, I liked it more."
"Terrific tale, beautifully descriptive
with a wonderful twist to the standard story form."
A live reading of five poems
at the Mst Creative Writing
Alumni Poetry Reading
at Kellogg College,