Stories


Stories on the Go aims to encourage and engage the community in reading. We bring all sorts of literature into daily life and public spaces, offering short reads to those who don’t have much time and may not read often. If you are a published or unpublished author and would like to contribute with a short story we will share it via our platforms and initiatives. Submit any time your flash fiction or short story (up to 2500 words):

     

 

Includes a Q&A. Any other questions please email us stories@thecommutingbook.org

Stories on the Go

Stories on the Go is expanding and you can now get your daily dose of literature at these locations. Scan the QR code to read a short story while you wait! #SUP ...More

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The Commuting Book | The commuting Book
The Commuting Book

July 24   ●  1 min read

Leila stood in the doorway, her little legs shaking in her blueberry pjs. “I don’t want to, Daddy,” she whispered. “Come on, sweetheart,” Michael ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction, Humor & Comedy
Sarah Pratt | The commuting Book
Sarah Pratt

July 20   ●  4 min read

One by one he turns the pages of the book. The paper rustles against his dry fingers and I swallow in anticipation. He reads the words and his face crack ...More

Psychological Thriller
Marie Muhl | The commuting Book
Marie Muhl

July 20   ●  5 min read

Some relationships are destined to last. Others end in tears, mass destruction or an intractable skin rash. My love affair in the winter of 2002 w ...More

Biography & Memoir
Nod Ghosh | The commuting Book
Nod Ghosh

July 20   ●  11 min read

  Prefabricated tilt-slab with steel reinforcing shipped from a Guangzhou factory a city street long. Delivered by a bevy of cranes criss-crossing a ...More

Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

December 15   ●  min read

Ozmond had a round head; he was floating, dreamed he was on a wave with other round heads. When his head fell off, his eyes sprang open. A group of peop ...More

Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

March 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/625   Silver fences keep me from t ...More

Meché Phillips | The commuting Book
Meché Phillips

March 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/416   The afternoon sun ...More

Alice Li | The commuting Book
Alice Li

March 3   ●  2 min read

Inspiration: “Elephants” by Owen Dippie Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/386    A family, pa ...More

Jean-Paul Leung | The commuting Book
Jean-Paul Leung

February 13   ●  min read

Inspiration: “Hide and Seek” by Wongi “Freak” Wilson Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.n ...More

Hazel Young | The commuting Book
Hazel Young

February 13   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Berst Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/456   Picture this ……. ...More

Anne Forne | The commuting Book
Anne Forne

December 31   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes Artwork location, details and photo credit: https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/454   Construction, the thought of ...More

Joy Howard | The commuting Book
Joy Howard

December 31   ●  2 min read

Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/612   Ōtautahi I am the guard ...More

Katelyn Gee | The commuting Book
Katelyn Gee

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke Artwork location, details and photo credits https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/799 Learn ...More

Fern Mercier | The commuting Book
Fern Mercier

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Owen Dippie Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/386 Can you recognise othe ...More

Cleo Hopkinson | The commuting Book
Cleo Hopkinson

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/625   Cluttered clouds brim ...More

Amor Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Amor Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Richard “Pops” Baker Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/477 Don ...More

Denise Silk-Martelli | The commuting Book
Denise Silk-Martelli

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Haruko Furukawa Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/775 The sun settled as it drift ...More

Amor Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Amor Budiyanto

December 3   ●  2 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Anne McDonald Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/770 Scratching on a hairy po ...More

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Tepid and Wisk Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/533   A continuous loop re ...More

Amor Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Amor Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Berst Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/456 A strange creature followed m ...More

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by D Side Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/757 Cluck, cluck, cluck, A pirate digging. Dig ...More

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: She came from the stars by Vexta Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/375 Cracks in ...More

Alia Govin-Fowler | The commuting Book
Alia Govin-Fowler

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/612 Feathers rising high above the clouds P ...More

Koru 3 Bromley School | The commuting Book
Koru 3 Bromley School

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Forces by Dr. Suits Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/800   Geometry at odds And ...More

Jo Sharp | The commuting Book
Jo Sharp

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: The Hector Dive by Telmo and Miel Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/393   Take me ...More

Chloe Morrison-Clarke | The commuting Book
Chloe Morrison-Clarke

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/799 ...More

Fern Mercier | The commuting Book
Fern Mercier

November 26   ●  1 min read

I am lost in countless dizzying turns and endless corridors. A bare light bulb flickers as I pass beneath it. I flinch involuntarily. Ping! The familiar ...More

Fiction, Mystery
Tallulah Raumati Costa | The commuting Book
Tallulah Raumati Costa

September 22   ●  4 min read

Nobody knew who he was. Or where he came from. Only that he lived on the traffic island in the middle of the intersection and had one arm. When he first ap ...More

Fiction, Mystery
Lilah Hughes | The commuting Book
Lilah Hughes

September 22   ●  4 min read

I remember the clock He liked to count down Whether we liked it or not, Whether we smiled or frowned He hung in my house On the nursery wall We saw him as b ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Hannah Burns | The commuting Book
Hannah Burns

September 22   ●  min read

Meet her in the forest You’ll find her fascinating She may not welcome you but she has no choice in this The tree which she is forever linked to creaks Everyt ...More

Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Sophia Williamson | The commuting Book
Sophia Williamson

September 22   ●  1 min read

When someone tells you to picture a magician, what do you think of? Daniel Radcliffe, complete with a wand and broomstick? Or perhaps a cheesy perfo ...More

Biography & Memoir, Memoir, Non Fiction
Amelia Kirkness | The commuting Book
Amelia Kirkness

September 22   ●  9 min read

Flowers. There are a lot of flowers. Every day someone crouches by me, one hand on their heart and the other holding a bunch of flowers. Lilies, ...More

Non Fiction, NZ History
Olivia Ruland | The commuting Book
Olivia Ruland

September 22   ●  1 min read

Grayce huddled in the dark of her bedroom. The slithering sound came again, something scraping, knocking. Scrape-knock-knock-slide-slither. Somewhere ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Mystery
Sarah-Kate Simons | The commuting Book
Sarah-Kate Simons

September 16   ●  3 min read

Fox

They didn’t want my name to be conventional. It’s a quick, sharp sound, a sound that belongs with cricket chirps and snapping twigs, brilliant as a flash of ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Sarah-Kate Simons | The commuting Book
Sarah-Kate Simons

September 16   ●  3 min read

Miraculously the Yellow dagger Somehow appeared on the Table next to the Elevating bottle Really, this was all very strange Yet, started making sense. ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Hannah Share | The commuting Book
Hannah Share

September 16   ●  1 min read

Hazel leaned over, brushing her lips against her sister’s forehead. “Goodbye.” She fumbled with the window, shoving it open, greeted by a ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama
Emma Warwick | The commuting Book
Emma Warwick

September 7   ●  3 min read

“I”m pregnant again”.    I was measuring flour into the sieve and gently banging it against the heel of my hand.  He was hunched over the comp ...More

Biography & Memoir, Food
Sile Mannion | The commuting Book
Sile Mannion

September 7   ●  4 min read

Get your daily dose of words for those who can’t live without them or who don’t usually have time to read. Find a QR code on a bus, scan it and read a ...More

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The Commuting Book | The commuting Book
The Commuting Book

May 11   ●  min read

Today, my feelings are too big for my body They catch and hold fast in my throat They stream down my face And burn on my skin May they emerge as kindness ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

May 11   ●  1 min read

The murmur of voices Are symphony to flashing lights Tapping keys Coloured lines of code Changing Adjusting Advancing. Jumbles of letters Make up wor ...More

Non Fiction
Chloe Morrison-Clarke | The commuting Book
Chloe Morrison-Clarke

March 27   ●  2 min read

To send a letter you must have something important to say. Got it? Good, now write it on a piece of paper, then pop it in an envelope and seal it with ...More

Mia Pagan | The commuting Book
Mia Pagan

March 27   ●  min read

Take some Milky Way dust Mix in some galaxies Wrench some light from inside a black hole It should be spaghettified and tender Knead in some rusty coloured ...More

Alice Mcpike | The commuting Book
Alice Mcpike

March 27   ●  1 min read

“What do you intend to do about this disgraceful situation?” Alison Carrington seethed. Mayor Harper stared at the outraged, elderly woman, like ...More

Drama, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

February 24   ●  22 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Eight Ari slid his feet under the sheets and the warm covers. He pulled the duvet up to his chin and let ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  5 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Seven “Ari,” his father said. “You and I know this water, mate. When I say ‘Jump!’ I want you to g ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  7 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Six In his dream, Ari covered his head with his hands and crouched down, hiding. He could hear people calling t ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  14 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Five Back at home, Ari’s dad came thumping up the steps and burst through their front door. Woohoo ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

February 24   ●  3 min read

“Come on, Moon, it’s time to hunt.” Sunrise went first to check if there was any danger. Moon tried to go before Sunrise had said the c ...More

Bronnie Homer | The commuting Book
Bronnie Homer

February 24   ●  4 min read

Zzzzz ….. zzzz ……. An annoying noise was causing hindrance to my much desired afternoon nap. I somehow manage to open my eyes partially, and with ...More

Srinika Guha | The commuting Book
Srinika Guha

February 23   ●  4 min read

knitted scarves wrap around her neck while legs freeze beneath leopard-                                print leggings ca ...More

Elizabeth Steel | The commuting Book
Elizabeth Steel

February 23   ●  1 min read

Help us build a map! This is a crowdsource platform ideal for writers, publishers, but also passionate readers and map enthusiasts. Upload a book set in New Zea ...More

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The Commuting Book | The commuting Book
The Commuting Book

January 24   ●  1 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Four Ari watched the hands on the clock move towards three o’clock. He knew he had to get away from sc ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

December 19   ●  14 min read

When I pick her up she feels warm and frail. She’s like a giraffe sticking her neck high above the canopy searching for a decent snack. When she flie ...More

Fiction
Blake Lucas | The commuting Book
Blake Lucas

December 19   ●  1 min read

You can do it for fitness You can do it for play You can ride your bike All of the day When you drive in a car It creates pollution Join with me Start the bike ...More

Fiction
Cooper Harris | The commuting Book
Cooper Harris

December 19   ●  1 min read

Feijoas roll down the roof to be pecked by the birds startling the rats which scurry above. A grimy workbench dusty with tools next to a soggy, wet ...More

Fiction
Georgia Daniell | The commuting Book
Georgia Daniell

December 19   ●  1 min read

Walking across the multi-story car park, her heels clicked and echoed amongst the few silent vehicles. The sound vanished into the dark exit ramps. Her foot ...More

Psychological Thriller
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

November 21   ●  5 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Three Ari was really relieved to see his mum waiting in the emergency room when they got there. Koro had bee ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

November 17   ●  13 min read

Being the middle child of five girls and three boys in 1940’s and 50’s in my native Ireland, I never had the chance to actually own a ...More

Action & Adventure, History, Memoir, Non Fiction
Catherine Byrne | The commuting Book
Catherine Byrne

November 17   ●  4 min read

The baby’s finally asleep. The father is home from work. I haven’t been alone in days. This is it…. “She’s asleep”…”I’m jus ...More

Drama, Non Fiction
Jennifer Rankin | The commuting Book
Jennifer Rankin

November 17   ●  1 min read

Google maps you take me though the underpass fast on my bike in the night my lights flash on the shapes of down and outs the louts, layabouts who shout o ...More

Non Fiction, Travel & Environment
Melanie Dixon | The commuting Book
Melanie Dixon

November 17   ●  1 min read

The trick is to hear the voices in the rain but not to listen. What’s the phrase? Feel the fear and do it anyway. Well not only can I feel the fear but I c ...More

Ciaran Fox | The commuting Book
Ciaran Fox

September 22   ●  2 min read

At my father’s funeral an old man in a crumpled black suit gets up to speak. He rises slowly on old man’s legs from among the dark suits and neatly combe ...More

Fiction
Carl Nixon | The commuting Book
Carl Nixon

September 22   ●  18 min read

She chewed her biro, and read the evaluation form. “On a scale of one to five, five being highest, how much did you enjoy this activity?” One. ...More

Fiction
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

September 22   ●  3 min read

Eve is busy setting the long thin tables – fork knife fork knife fork knife – and doesn’t see him approach. “Do you want some help?” Sh ...More

Fiction
Rachael King | The commuting Book
Rachael King

September 21   ●  12 min read

Jerry and his friend, Ross, were playing in Jerry’s sandpit. Charlie appeared. “What are you playing?” Charlie asked Jerry. “Planes.” Jerry held ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

September 21   ●  5 min read

The time had come. In the warm darkness of his egg, the flamingo chick moved. Crack! His mother stood up. She fussed about, touching the egg gently with her ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Andrew M. Bell | The commuting Book
Andrew M. Bell

September 21   ●  14 min read

It’s what I could do to help Fleur out. Family is family. The last Friday each month, we’d drive into the city from opposite directions, and in the motel ...More

Fiction
Heather McQuillan | The commuting Book
Heather McQuillan

September 22   ●  2 min read

I ate my brother. I was always fond of him, looked up to him. He was older than me. I measured myself against him. We stood back to back. At first I ...More

Fiction
Helen Heath | The commuting Book
Helen Heath

September 20   ●  2 min read

First, find a location. Find a shabby farm that keeps its neighbours at arm’s length. Find a house with a rusted roof, with guttering that dribbles ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Zoë Meager | The commuting Book
Zoë Meager

September 22   ●  5 min read

Pull-my-Finger the Giant only had one joke, probably like your dad or grandad. But he was very fond of it and he told it as often as he could. Th ...More

Humor & Comedy
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

September 20   ●  6 min read

John paused and turned away from his screen to glance at the steaming cup of coffee. Something felt a little off but he couldn’t place his finger on it. Th ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Steven Moe | The commuting Book
Steven Moe

September 22   ●  18 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter Two Emmy flew through the school gate ahead of Ari, disappearing in the direction of her classroo ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

September 12   ●  13 min read

The dragonfly’s eyes are made up of multiple hexagons. Inside each hexagon is a black and white picture of my face. I’ve printed the photos from my fil ...More

Fiction
Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

August 31   ●  2 min read

Find the hidden sequence of words: the first letter of each makes the puzzle answer. e.g. he offers trust = HOT Sometimes fresh air feels like waking up af ...More

Humor & Comedy
Raewyn Dawson | The commuting Book
Raewyn Dawson

August 1   ●  1 min read

It’s been nearly 70 years since my children left home. That sounds ridiculous but I am 120 years old. When they left, my house felt empty. I began to notice ...More

Fiction, Travel & Environment
Kat Miller | The commuting Book
Kat Miller

August 1   ●  12 min read

It’s morning. I know this because the clock says 7.23 and a finger of light is trying to pull back the curtains. My room faces east. So that makes it morning ...More

Fiction
Rachael King | The commuting Book
Rachael King

August 1   ●  22 min read

To read previous chapters go to Stories Chapter One Ari lay on his bed, balancing his sneaker on the tip of his big toe, counting how many seconds ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

August 1   ●  10 min read

‘How’s Alex?’ Hope said. She and Molly were sitting in a café by the river in early spring drinking tea from the same pot. Molly sighed, looked out th ...More

Fiction
Pip Adam | The commuting Book
Pip Adam

August 1   ●  19 min read

because of their size they gather crystals and clouds sharp and sparse collections of sun-catchers until that first nasty week in June then they look ...More

Travel & Environment
Amy Paulussen | The commuting Book
Amy Paulussen

August 1   ●  1 min read

It was a glimpse into Paradise. The sun caught the old town first, its jumble of faded pastels glowing like the gilded ceilings of the Vatican – yellow, pink, ...More

Fiction
Mandy Hager | The commuting Book
Mandy Hager

August 1   ●  22 min read

Extract from Mazarine (Chapter Twelve) Twelve I hadn’t expected Sophie Greenaway to be at work in the middle of the summer break and so soon after her ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Charlotte Grimshaw | The commuting Book
Charlotte Grimshaw

August 1   ●  22 min read

Con walks down the streets of Newtown from Berhampore, past the damp, narrow houses, tipped into the wind, cold rain spitting into his face. There’s the ...More

Drama
Julie Hill | The commuting Book
Julie Hill

August 1   ●  14 min read