Stacia Saint Owens grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a BFA in Theatre with a Playwriting concentration from Southern Methodist University. At Brown, she was awarded the university’s Weston Prize in Writing and a full Graduate School fellowship. Her short story collection, Auto-Erotica, is the winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award, finalist for the Hollywood Book Pipeline Competition, and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize in Writing. She received Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology for her creative nonfiction essay, Temporary Classroom (Willow Springs).
Her stage plays have been presented by theatres in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and various regional companies. Her writing awards include The Princess Grace Foundation Award in Film, George Burns and Gracie Allan Comedy Writing Award, Slamdance Film Festival/ Sci-Fi Channel Horror Writing Award, Rosenfeld Playwriting Award, Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP) Screenwriters Lab, American Film Institute Television Writers Workshop, CineStory Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship (semi-finalist), Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference (finalist), Paramount Pictures Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project (finalist), Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scriptwriting Internship (finalist) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (quarterfinalist). She has taught Drama and Creative Writing at public high schools in East Los Angeles and London’s East End; in a women’s prison; and at an Ivy League university.
She is a former Lecturer in English Literature at Harrow College in London, where she currently lives.