ashleigh rajala

An award-winning fiction writer, erstwhile filmmaker, sometime zinester and current indie role-playing game designer, Ashleigh lives and works in Surrey, BC, on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. (she/her)

selected publications & projects

Do Not Resuscitate” short fiction at The Howler Project‘s Howler Daily

Unwanted Roommates” an irreverent, high-speed card game available at

Lost in the Woods” mini-escape room-style puzzle game available at

The Village Fête” table-top role-playing game (TTRPG) available at

Catnap” solo micro-role-playing game available at

The Carter County PTA” table-top role-playing game (TTRPG) available at

The Palm Reader” short fiction at Landing Zone Magazine. Nominated for 2021’s “Best of the Net.”

Millennial Gothic” short fiction at Button Eye Review

The Mysterious Man in Black” murder mystery party game available at

Trev’s Books: Unpacking My Grandfather’s Library” personal zine available on Etsy

A Breach at Stronghold” murder mystery party game available at

Museum of the Western World” parody art zine available on Etsy (collaboration with Amy Rajala)

Inspire Courage Crafts” character creation blurbs for gaming accessories

Nineties Kid” flash fiction at Every Day Fiction

Unmasked!” short fiction in Crab Fat Literary Magazine

Working Title” short fiction in WomenArts Quarterly Journal and Quarter Castle Chronicles. Winner of the Quarter-Castle Publishing Short Story Contest.

Ticker Tape Kings” short fiction in the Redwing: Speculative Fiction Takes Flight anthology

so we’ve yet to find a decent map with south sudan” blog post featured on Freshly Pressed

Kings Cross” novel excerpt in ROOM

Game of Thrones Irreverent Recaps” review blog

Scenes from a Road Movie” short fiction in The Steel Chisel

Madrid, Before a Recession” poetry in Ataraxia

The Stars / Les Étoiles” short fiction in SAD Magazine. Winner of the SAD Magazine Fantasy Fiction Contest.

Coal Dust” novel excerpt in Sassafras Literary Magazine

A Live Studio Audience” flash fiction in the Kudzu Review

Waiting” (director) short film produced by Bus Stop Productions / Langara Film Arts (Official Selection Stepping Stone Film Festival, Ferndale Film Festival) (written by Robyn Thomas)

My Top Ten Antiheroes” blog post from Celluloid Heroes (reposted to Sandpaper Blues). Featured on

The Duende’s in the Details” short memoir at the re:moved project

Commuter School” poetry in Hacksaw Literary Arts Magazine

The Year Without Hockey” (writer/director) short film produced by Quarter-Life Productions (Official Selection Hell’s Half-Mile Film Festival)

Ashleigh also provides freelance editing and manuscript consultations, from developmental and substantive editing to proofreading, early draft support to final formatting. Past projects include academic reports, articles for popular media, screenplays, creative non-fiction, and various fiction genres, short and long form. Please inquire through the contact form below for current rates and availability.

copyright 2023 Ashleigh Rajala