Profile: Laura Mauro

Most writers will tell you they’ve been writing since they were small, and I’m no exception. I started out writing poems, which graduated into awful teenage angst poems (with the requisite soujourn into Sprawling Epic Fantasy Novel territory). I started writing short stories in 2011 but never took it seriously until 2012, when my first short story was published in ‘Shadows and Tall Trees’. Since then, I’ve been what you might call a ‘serious’ writer, although I’m yet to give up my day job (it’s part of The Dream, along with the apartment in Osaka and the functioning knee joints…)

I’m also a sometime pro wrestling journalist, and current Women’s Wrestling Editor over at Steelchair Magazine. My article on the Golden Lovers received a Kevin Kelly shout-out during NJPW’s 2018 G1 tournament, which I haven’t stopped talking about.

In 2018, my short story “Looking for Laika” won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. I haven’t stopped talking about that, either.

I was born and raised in south east London and currently live in Essex under extreme duress. When I’m not making things up I enjoy reading, travelling, watching wrestling, playing video games, collecting tattoos, dyeing my hair strange colours and making up nicknames for my cats.

Preferred Prounouns: she/her, they/them

I am represented by Max Edwards at Apple Tree

Email: Laura.N.Mauro at gmail dot com



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Awards, Nominations & Other Accolades:

2012: Honourable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s ‘Best Horror of the Year 5’ for ‘Red Rabbit’

2015: Nominated for British Fantasy Awards in ‘Best Short Story’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ categories for ‘Ptichka’

2017: Longlisted for the BFSA Awards in the ‘Best Short Fiction’ category for ‘Looking for Laika’

2018: Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award in the ‘Novelette’ category for ‘Sun Dogs’

Nominated for British Fantasy Award in the ‘Best Novella’ category for ‘Naming the Bones’

Winner of the British Fantasy Award for ‘Best Short Story’ for ‘Looking for Laika’

2020: ‘The Pain-Eater’s Daughter’ selected for Ellen Datlow’s ‘Best Horror of the Year 12

Most Recently Published Work (as of July 2020)

Sing Your Sadness Deep

British Fantasy Award-winning author, and Shirley Jackson Award finalist Laura Mauro, a leading voice in contemporary dark fiction, delivers a remarkable debut collection of startling short fiction. Human and humane tales of beauty, strangeness, and transformation told in prose as precise and sparing as a surgeon’s knife. A major new talent!

Featuring “Looking for Laika,” winner of the British Fantasy Award, and “Sun Dogs,” a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award.

Amazon | Goodreads

Other Works

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