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 If you are a published or unpublished author and would like to contribute with a short story we will share it via our platforms and initiatives.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 for Poetry

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

Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

December 15   ●  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 aft ...More

Humor & Comedy
Raewyn Dawson | The commuting Book
Raewyn Dawson

August 1   ●  1 min read

Kiss frogs. Sleep for 100 years. Turn into a human and not speaking. Sneak out late at night. Change your mum into a bear and back again. Lose your shoes. ...More

Young Writer
Jessica McLister | The commuting Book
Jessica McLister

March 27   ●  1 min read

The talk and chatter of my family over the hum of the radio, beneath the conversations of the sheep and the rustle of plants, dancing in the wind. A ...More

Young Writer
Clara Giller | The commuting Book
Clara Giller

September 4   ●  1 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 just off ...More

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

November 17   ●  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 bik ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
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 lead chewe ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Georgia Daniell | The commuting Book
Georgia Daniell

December 19   ●  1 min read

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

Inspired by Street Art
Meché Phillips | The commuting Book
Meché Phillips

March 3   ●  1 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, Young Writer
Hannah Share | The commuting Book
Hannah Share

September 16   ●  1 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, lilacs, ro ...More

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

September 22   ●  1 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 flies ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Blake Lucas | The commuting Book
Blake Lucas

December 19   ●  1 min read

A pirate ran off with my heart today, stitched it to his billowing sleeve, which was sweet, I suppose. He pilfered my shirt too, refusing to do his own laun ...More

Young Writer
Freddie Gormack-Smith | The commuting Book
Freddie Gormack-Smith

September 1   ●  1 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

Young Writer
Alice Mcpike | The commuting Book
Alice Mcpike

March 27   ●  1 min read

We flip on the trampoline and wince as our fragile flesh scrapes the net. We stare at screens try to improve our eyesight by gazing deep into the pixelated ...More

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

September 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 di ...More

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 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 ...More

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

September 22   ●  min read

Trailing my clackity clack bumblebee Golly in the other hand, I follow the tall back of my Dad down the garden path. Full of questions, I shadow him into h ...More

Non Fiction
Sue Le Mesurier | The commuting Book
Sue Le Mesurier

August 1   ●  1 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 t ...More

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

September 22   ●  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 calm conver ...More

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

December 3   ●  1 min read

Oh bicycle, Oh bicycle, I shall call you Amelia. Amelia, Amelia, I love you so. You carry me around. Amelia, Amelia, Riding you is divine. You are the re ...More

Young Writer
Alex Wylie | The commuting Book
Alex Wylie

November 17   ●  1 min read

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

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

My monster is quite unique With a certain frame of mind He specialises in fear, you know The very best of his kind Although he creaks the floorboar ...More

Young Writer
Molly Laurence | The commuting Book
Molly Laurence

September 1   ●  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 sh ...More

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

November 17   ●  1 min read

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

Fern Mercier | The commuting Book
Fern Mercier

November 26   ●  1 min read

you visit Tuesday after the accident, arms full of pink stargazers and crossword puzzles asking about my slip tentatively, a tight-lipped smile as ...More

Jess Fiebig | The commuting Book
Jess Fiebig

September 9   ●  1 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 your spit ...More

Young Writer
Mia Pagan | The commuting Book
Mia Pagan

March 27   ●  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

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

I was two years old when I got my first bike It was better than your little trike We found it in the bushes My dad fixed it up for me He welded it back togeth ...More

Young Writer
Ted Schroeder | The commuting Book
Ted Schroeder

November 17   ●  1 min read

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

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

December 3   ●  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 w ...More

Non Fiction, Young Writer
Chloe Morrison-Clarke | The commuting Book
Chloe Morrison-Clarke

March 27   ●  2 min read

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

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

I am a kākāpō. I live in Whenua Hou (Codfish Island). I BOOM rimu berries. They are delicious. I TWEET mosses and ferns. They are padded. I HOOT ...More

Young Writer
Carlos Ruiz-Ayala | The commuting Book
Carlos Ruiz-Ayala

August 28   ●  1 min read

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

Young Writer
Elizabeth Steel | The commuting Book
Elizabeth Steel

February 23   ●  1 min read

When a baby is born, it’s the happiest day of your life You are handed a bundle of perfection, You make a promise to be the baby’s protec ...More

Young Writer
Rosie Cruickshank | The commuting Book
Rosie Cruickshank

September 2   ●  2 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

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

In my game, Zombies roam. In my game, Creepers groan. In my game, skeletons run with arrows & bows. In my game, I am the only good guy. In my game, vil ...More

Young Writer
Dylan Wright | The commuting Book
Dylan Wright

September 2   ●  1 min read

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

Amor Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Amor Budiyanto

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 Lear ...More

Fern Mercier | The commuting Book
Fern Mercier

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