Abha is a British Council certified creative writing mentor. She is an award-winning, internationally published poet, author, editor and translator.


Abha has been a writer-in-residence at the Sangam House Residency and received the Lavanya Sankaran Writing Fellowship for 2009-2010.

Her short fiction, The Marshlands, was shortlisted in the DNA-Out of Print short story contest (2015). Abha's poems have appeared in the Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poets and her fiction in The Indo-Australian Anthology of Short Fiction. Her story, The High Stool, was nominated for the prestigious, Million Writers Award.

Her published works include Yearnings, Flash Bites, Shrayan, Many Fish to Fry, The Gourd Seller & Other Stories, The Tattoo at her Throat, The Orange Straw Murders, Daddy's Chair and The Full Platter. She has co-edited an anthology titled The Other, and curated and edited Kintsugi, which is a flash fiction anthology. 

Abha is the founder of Creative Wings Studio. She holds creative writing workshops, edits fiction manuscripts and personally mentors aspiring writers. She writes and speaks on motivation, confidence building and finding the creative self.

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Books and Anthologies

Many Fish to   Fry

Abha Iyengar’s unmistakable eye for detail and the absurd, makes for a quirky and layered novel. 

The style is poetic. The writing is taut. It's a must read for short story writers. 

The Full Platter

A unique collection of flash fiction.

The Orange Straw Murders

The protagonist is one of the most amusing and interesting characters I've read in recent times.

Kintsugi