Simon Rowe grew up in small town New Zealand and big city Australia when orange Fanta came in glass bottles and AM radio was king. At twenty-one, he shipped off for the rest of the world and for the rest of his life has somehow managed to make a living by writing and teaching about it. His articles and photographs have appeared in TIME (Asia), The New York Times, Lonely Planet guidebooks, the South China Morning Post and The Paris Review. He now calls Japan home and blogs about his life in a traditional neighbourhood in Himeji city. You can read it here: Seaweed Salad Days.
Hits and Near Misses
SHORTLISTED, "Pearl City: Stories from Japan and Elsewhere" for the 2021 Rubery Book Award
SELECTED, "Night Fishing" for Ouen Press (U.K.) Short Story Prize 2019/Anthology
SELECTED, "The Convenience Store Ballerina" for The Best Asian Short Stories 2019, Kitaab International (Singapore)
COMMENDED, 2018 BBC World Service, International Playwriting Competition for "The Pearl Diver"
WINNER, 2017 Hal Porter Short Story Contest for "Crossing The Ditch".
FINALIST, 2016 Open Road Review Short Story Prize for "Baby Grand".
SHORTLISTED, 2016 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for "Baby Grand."
FINALIST, 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, (Los Angeles, U.S.) for the short screenplay "The Girl From Pearl City."
SEMI-FINALIST, 2016 Scriptapalooza Short Screenplay Contest (U.S.) for "The Pilgrim."
SEMI-FINALIST, 2015, Table Read My Screen Play (U.S.) for the short screenplay "The Pilgrim."
BRONZE PRIZE WINNER, 2015, Hollywood Screenplay Contest, (U.S.) for the short screenplay "The Pilgrim."
SEMI FINALIST, 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival, (Los Angeles, U.S.) for the short screenplay “The Foonabiki Barbers.”
LONG LISTED, 2015 The Big Issue Short Fiction Competition, (Melbourne, Australia) for the “The Hunting Party."
WINNER, 2014 The Paris Review, Windows on the World competition, (New York. U.S.).
SEMI FINALIST, 2014 HollyShorts Film Conference, (Los Angeles, U.S.) for the short screenplay “The Pilgrim.”
WINNER, 2013 Asian Short Film Script Competition, (San Francisco, U.S.) for the short screenplay “Good Night Papa.”
WINNER, 2007 Gold Award for Travel Journalism, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), (Hong Kong) for the feature story “Tea For Twenty Million" (Discovery magazine, Cathay Pacific Airlines).
WINNER, STA Travel 1996 Snap Up The World travel photography competition, (Australia).