Writing

I am currently seeking an agent for my first novel, Further Down the Vine. For the latest updates regarding my published works, see below.

Winner of the Loft Books Short Story Competition (2022)

My short story, ‘Omar the Shopkeeper’, won Loft Books’ Short Story Competition (2022) and was published in the Loft Books Anthology Issue 3 (page 47-54). You can find the anthology here:

First Runner-up in the Oxford-BNU Award in Creative Writing (2021)

My magical realism short story, ‘The Most Beautiful Ship in the World’, won first runner-up in the inaugural Oxford-BNU Creative Writing Award, which was founded by Mo Yan (Nobel Prize laureate) and judged by Boyd Tonkin (FRSL and chair of the judging panel of the Man Booker International Prize 2016), Liz Trubridge (Executive Producer of Downton Abbey), Lynn Robson and David Bunn (Regent’s Park College).

‘The Most Beautiful Ship in the World’ will be published, alongside the other winning short stories, by The Oxford Prospects and Global Development Institute in 2022.

For more details, see the links below:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2021-12-03-prizes-announced-inaugural-creative-writing-award-founded-nobel-prize-laureate

https://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/news/inaugural-creative-writing-award-founded-nobel-prize-laureate

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 competition! 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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