About Asha

Asha Rajan is a writer and editor who lives and creates on Whadjuk, Noongar boodjar, land which was never ceded. She acknowledges with respect the elders and custodians; the first storytellers, songwriters and poets of this land.

Asha has been a Contributing Editor at the online writing community, YeahWrite, since December 2016. She is also a judge for various Super Challenge competitions for YeahWrite. Asha was an editor at the online literary micro-essay blog, Dead Housekeeping, from January 2015 to May 2020. She became the Managing Editor at Dead Housekeeping in May 2020; a position she continues to hold.

Asha is also a freelance editor who’s interested in a wide variety of editing projects.

Zoom or In-Person Events

Coffee and Grief: Coffee Talk #39 (recorded reading) [October 6, 2022 10am AWST (UTC+8)]. Read the text of this essay here.
Society of Women Writers WA, Wednesday Writing Class: Flash and Micro Fiction [September/October, 2022]
YeahWrite Scarlet Quill Society: “Sensitivity Readers” (panel discussion – recorded) [July, 2022]
Society of Women Writers WA, Wednesday Writing Class: Creative Non-Fiction (workshop/class) [June, 2022]
Death Rattle: “Literally Crawling” (poetry reading) [November 5, 2021]
Unchaste Readers: Unchaste Variety Show (poetry reading) [May 29, 2021]

Publications & Awards

Marj Wilke Short Story Award 2022, Women Writers Queensland (highly commended)
The Drabble
Portside Review, Issue 7
Mountain Bluebird Magazine, Issue 1
  • The Perils of Caring (poem)
100 Word Project
  • Haunted House (micro fiction)
Brushstrokes II (anthology)
  • Matriliny (poem)
Grieve 2021 (anthology)
  • My Father’s Hands (poem)
Underground Writers Zine Issue #34 (Fan Fiction)
  • You Can Have it All (poem)
Rabbit #32 (Form)
  • Boys Standing on a Footpath (poem)
Society of Women Writers WA:
Bronze Quill Award 2020 (winner)
A Sense of Place (2020 – anthology)
  • The Summer People
The Cyberettes (2021 – anthology)
  • Timothy and the Crocodile
Peril Magazine
Heroines Women’s Writing Prize 2020: The Neo Perennial Press
  • Highly Commended (Short Fiction)
Ellipsis Zine
  • Charlie: The day my oldest son ran away from home, a wedge-tailed eagle took up residence in his room. Nobody knew where it had come from, or where he had gone.
Modern Loss
  • Loss Squared: One moment, I was planning a long-awaited trip to East Africa. The next, I was facing down two life-or-death decisions.
  • Pictures of You: Ammamma
It Starts With Hope
  • Immortal Hope: ‘Hope is born on the wings of choices…’ 
  • I force my kids to take selfies with me and I’m not the least bit sorry
Dead Housekeeping

Profile image credit: Kelly Hammond Photography

Header image credit: Jess Gately