Stories


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Stories for WRITE ON Magazine
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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 h ...More

Young Writer
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My garden was always my haven. How could it not be, when I spent half my life in a sulphury darkness? I had a villa, marble and gold, fragranced with t ...More

Young Writer
Molly Laurence

2 min read

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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 ...More

Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Young Writer
Lilah Hughes

4 min read

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Inspired by a brooch made from bullets, Kaiapoi Museum.   The bullets are usually found in the sand, often around a day after a battle, make sure it ...More

Young Writer
Kaelani Pockson

1 min read

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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 sho ...More

Young Writer
Jessica McLister

1 min read

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“What else will I need?” “Just that will be enough.” I finish filling my drink bottle and prepare myself for the unknown, not knowing if ...More

Young Writer
Arona

4 min read

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His fur is silky black, blue eyes wild, teeth glistening white – white like the snow that fell last winter, like the oleander that grows by th ...More

Young Writer
Krissie Bearsley

6 min read

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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 familia ...More

Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Young Writer
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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 p ...More

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

Young Writer
Srinika Guha

4 min read

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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, roses, ...More

Non Fiction, NZ History, Young Writer
Olivia Ruland

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

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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 pr ...More

Young Writer
Rosie Cruickshank

2 min read

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Looking for somewhere to bide your time until Ragnarok? Well, look no further! Valhalla provides a number of move-in-ready houses at affordable prices a ...More

Young Writer
Isabel Botkin

1 min read

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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 ...More

Young Writer
Dylan Wright

1 min read

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

Young Writer
Elizabeth Steel

1 min read

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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 him as big ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction, Young Writer
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Polly lounges in her usual spot at McDonalds, fourth table from the right. She studies the colour of the wall behind her. Red, her favourite colour. ...More

Young Writer
Emily Tipper

1 min read

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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 bike ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Cooper Harris

1 min read

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

Action & Adventure, Drama, Young Writer
Emma Warwick

3 min read

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

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Young Writer
Sarah-Kate Simons

3 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. A ...More

Young Writer
Clara Giller

1 min read

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Dear Earth, Before we go, we’d just like to say a few things. When we first arrived, we were born into a world that (so it seemed) you had adapted ...More

Young Writer
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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 HO ...More

Young Writer
Carlos Ruiz-Ayala

1 min read

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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 perf ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction, Young Writer
Amelia Kirkness

9 min read

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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 is still ...More

Young Writer
Portia Bishop

2 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 Lockdown We we ...More

Young Writer
Zara Rooney

2 min read

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The sun is lazily rising from the horizon as the harakeke steps in time with the wind. It’s almost as though they are dancing to a song, only they can he ...More

Young Writer
Olivia Kingi

2 min read

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Fox

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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 flas ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Young Writer
Sarah-Kate Simons

3 min read

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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
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The strap pinches my neck. My fingers poise above the keys. Moonlight highlights the skeletal frame of my alto saxophone. I stretch my eyes out into the darknes ...More

Young Writer
Monica Koster

3 min read

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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

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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 of sand flows to ...More

Young Writer
Zoe Barson

2 min read

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I shuffle forward, cautious of not popping the two-metre bubble that surrounds every person around me. I look behind and see people lost and confused. S ...More

Young Writer
Bianca Rees

4 min read

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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 colour ...More

Young Writer
Alice Mcpike

1 min read

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“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 coas ...More

Young Writer
Bronnie Homer

4 min read

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? It could be you! A cute, three-roomed pineapple in one of the most in-demand locations in the world! Buy now and y ...More

Young Writer
Emily Norris

1 min read

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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 lead c ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Georgia Daniell

1 min read

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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 ...More

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

1 min read

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