Laila Stien (b 1946, Norway) is a novelist, poet and translator from Northern Norway.
Her publications include ten short story collections, a novel (Vekselsang), and three poetry collections, and she has enjoyed notable success as a children’s author. In 1993, she received the Norwegian Critics Prize for Best Children’s Book, for Å plukke en smørblomst.
Her work is distinctive for its engagement with Sami culture, and she has both translated from Sami to Norwegian and edited anthologies of modern Sami literature. In 2015 she was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Tromsø for her work in this area.
Among her numerous other awards are the Aschehoug Prize, in 2000, and the Havmann Prize in 1999.