Writing

I write poetry, novels, novellas and short stories and am currently seeking an agent. See the latest updates regarding my published works below.

First Runner-up in The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH)’s Short Story Competition

My Flash Fiction short story, ‘Albert’, about a talking dog – well, it’s about a bit more than that – has come first runner-up in TORCH’s inaugural flash fiction competition. You can read the story here:

https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/article/albert-torch-flash-fiction-runner-up

Judge’s comments:

‘Albert’, by Rowan Curtis, deftly paired machine-learning and AI with an exploration of animal consciousness to ask pertinent questions about what is means to be human.”

Odd Voice Out Short Story Competition

My short story, ‘Piano Wire’ – about Rima Ahmadi, a young Syrian girl who flees from war-torn Aleppo, taking nothing with her but her courage – has been shortlisted for the Odd Voice Out short story prize! Read it on Kindle, buy it in paperback or review it out on Goodreads using the links below!

Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Odd-Voices-Anthology-Normal-Narrators-ebook/dp/B0842QSFZT/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3AA8QRCGUO7JS&keywords=odd+voices+anthology&qid=1582560927&sprefix=odd+voice+%2Caps%2C296&sr=8-1

Paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/kc-finn-and-kell-cowley/odd-voices-an-anthology-of-not-so-normal-narrators/paperback/product-24434895.html

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51374478-odd-voices

Author Interview: https://oddvoiceoutpress.weebly.com/blog/rowan-james-curtis-interview

Reviews:

Sarah Fairbairn – “Contemporary. The story of a Syrian girl’s life from having a peaceful and happy family life to hiding out alone in war ravaged ruins to overcrowded refugee camps to starting a new life in the UK. A Heart breaking but absolutely beautiful story. I’d love to see this story explained on and turned into a full-length novel. 5/5 Stars.”

Surrey Writer’s Society Annual

Two of my early poems, Configure and The Sea, were featured in the Surrey Writer’s Society Annual 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

Paperback editions can be found using the links below:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Surrey-Writers-Society-Annual-2014/dp/1530660718

World of Books: https://www.worldofbooks.com/en-gb/books/surrey-writer-s-society/surrey-writer-s-society-annual-2014-2015-2015-2016/GOR009893484?keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAiAhc7yBRAdEiwAplGxXz0FK6YytI-VffOMTyWGwrzPfk6Hfk1tDYo2p12rb2UUrMawOJE2_RoCmOoQAvD_BwE

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30084690-surrey-writer-s-society-annual-2014—2015-2015—2016?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=kfObShDSy3&rank=1

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