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Stories for Poetry
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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 coloure ...More

Young Writer
Alice Mcpike

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

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 f ...More

Drama, Non Fiction
Jennifer Rankin

1 min read

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I miss you, Life Outside the Gate. ​My gate isn’t very high, but now it feels like the top is touching the clouds. ​Whenever I think about bef ...More

Young Writer
Betty Mackay

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke   Dragons fly easy High streams of sibylline light Lazy loops of gold Cerulean mystery ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission

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

Anne Forne

1 min read

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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. All this take ...More

Young Writer
Clara Giller

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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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 ...More

Young Writer
Alex Wylie

1 min read

Published by Biketober 2018 Writing Competiton
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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
Published by WRITE ON Magazine

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

1 min read

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Inspiration: She came from the stars by Vexta   Cracks in calm conversational contrast A headstrong song holds on as They play along She’s fine ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Alia Govin-Fowler

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac Feathers rising high above the clouds Powerful wāhine warrior, our guardian Watching and waiting Protecting Christc ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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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. Fall ...More

Young Writer
Jessica McLister

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Inspiration: Artwork by D Side     Cluck, cluck, cluck, A pirate digging. Dig, dig, dig, Deeper in the sand. Brr, brr, The tree leaves swish ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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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 ...More

Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction, Young Writer
Sophia Williamson

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

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

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

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: The Hector Dive by Telmo and Miel     Take me with you, Dolphin, let me Clasp tightly Onto your jagged fin Breath through your ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac     Ōtautahi I am the guard  Keeper of the land protector of my children Teacher of my students I am the embo ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Katelyn Gee

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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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

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Inspiration: Artwork by Tepid and Wisk     A continuous loop repeating itself. A couple seconds closer to your birthday. A few seconds closer to de ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Amor Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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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 ...More

Young Writer
Ted Schroeder

1 min read

Published by Biketober 2018 Writing Competiton
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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 floorboards ...More

Young Writer
Molly Laurence

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

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 shou ...More

Non Fiction, Travel & Environment
Melanie Dixon

1 min read

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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 laundr ...More

Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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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, ...More

Non Fiction, NZ History, Young Writer
Olivia Ruland

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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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
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke     Rarer than gold Water shading, light dancing, greased lightning. Shi ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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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 protector to fi ...More

Young Writer
Rosie Cruickshank

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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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-HO ...More

Young Writer
Carlos Ruiz-Ayala

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Inspiration: Forces by Dr. Suits     Geometry at odds And connected Evolving blues and yellows Sea and sky, Community repatterning Yo ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Jo Sharp

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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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 lea ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Georgia Daniell

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Inspiration: Artwork by Richard “Pops” Baker   Don’t hang me on the wall of your lounge Freeze frame frozen in time I need und ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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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 ...More

Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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don’t you find this world absolutely hilarious? one second, the globe is turning and earth’s on the brink of extinction: the next the world i ...More

Young Writer
Portia Bishop

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Despite the Lockdown the tides continue to tumble and dance against the land’s surfaces each trying to reach their destination. Each grit o ...More

Young Writer
Zoe Barson

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

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 Blythe

1 min read

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Yessssss, I thought the first day of Lockdown Breakfast was yum on the first day of Lockdown It was cloudy School was out on the first day of Lockd ...More

Young Writer
Zara Rooney

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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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 gam ...More

Young Writer
Dylan Wright

1 min read

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

Jess Fiebig

1 min read

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Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink   Silver fences keep me from the touch of tourists. I am kissed by cameras, spoken around, as though ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Meché Phillips

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink   Cluttered clouds brimmed the bleak sky. Rain Rapidly drenched the buildings. The gusty wind Accelerated ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Amor Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission

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

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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knitted scarves wrap around her neck while legs freeze beneath leopard-                                print leg ...More

Young Writer
Elizabeth Steel

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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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 ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Cooper Harris

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine