Rasha Abbas is a Syrian journalist and writer of short stories. She is currently based in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2008, she published her first collection, Adam Hates the Television, and was awarded a prize for young writers during the Damascus Capital of Arab Culture festival. In 2013 she co-wrote the script for a short film, Happiness and Bliss, produced by Bedayat, and in 2014 she contributed, both as a writer and as a translator, to Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline, published by Saqi Books. She is currently completing a Jean-Jacques Rousseau Fellowship, supported by Solitude Schloss Akademie, in Stuttgart, Germany, where she is working on her second short story collection, tentatively entitled The Gist of It.