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 If you are a published or unpublished author and would like to contribute with a short story we will share it via our platforms and initiatives.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

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

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 min read

We rode with the wind at our backs. Cut across Mr Sandbird’s yard even as he yelled at us to get off his property. Gave him the finger and laughed an ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fiction
Jenna Heller | The commuting Book
Jenna Heller

August 12   ●  2 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 bic ...More

Action & Adventure, Biography & Memoir, History, 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 just o ...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 ob ...More

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

November 17   ●  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 ...More

Amor Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Amor Budiyanto

December 3   ●  2 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 coast was ...More

Young Writer
Bronnie Homer | The commuting Book
Bronnie Homer

February 24   ●  4 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 fea ...More

Ciaran Fox | The commuting Book
Ciaran Fox

September 22   ●  2 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 cracks int ...More

Psychological Thriller
Marie Muhl | The commuting Book
Marie Muhl

July 20   ●  5 min read

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

Fern Mercier | The commuting Book
Fern Mercier

December 3   ●  1 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 ...More

The Commuting Book | The commuting Book
The Commuting Book

May 11   ●  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. “On a ...More

Fiction
Michele Clark McConnochie | The commuting Book
Michele Clark McConnochie

September 22   ●  3 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, rose ...More

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

September 22   ●  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 to creaks Every ...More

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

September 22   ●  1 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 hung ...More

Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

December 15   ●  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 half ...More

Young Writer
Srinika Guha | The commuting Book
Srinika Guha

February 23   ●  4 min read

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

Anne Forne | The commuting Book
Anne Forne

December 31   ●  1 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 only ...More

Fiction
Helen Heath | The commuting Book
Helen Heath

September 20   ●  2 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. D ...More

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

December 3   ●  1 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 waki ...More

Humor & Comedy
Raewyn Dawson | The commuting Book
Raewyn Dawson

August 1   ●  1 min read

Large brown seals dot the craggy flat like giant cigars spilled from a box. They roll and scratch against the rough rock, big blobs blending in with brown seaw ...More

Drama, Fiction, Maori & Pasifika
Jenna Heller | The commuting Book
Jenna Heller

August 12   ●  4 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 ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson | The commuting Book
Sarina Dickson

May 11   ●  1 min read

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

Selena Budiyanto | The commuting Book
Selena Budiyanto

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 c ...More

Jo Sharp | The commuting Book
Jo Sharp

December 3   ●  1 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 pe ...More

Gail Ingram | The commuting Book
Gail Ingram

March 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 calm conver ...More

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

December 3   ●  1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Richard “Pops” Baker Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/477 Don’t h ...More

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

December 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

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

Katelyn Gee | The commuting Book
Katelyn Gee

December 3   ●  1 min read

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

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

December 3   ●  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 g ...More

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

September 7   ●  3 min read

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

Cleo Hopkinson | The commuting Book
Cleo Hopkinson

December 3   ●  1 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 ...More

Fiction
Heather McQuillan | The commuting Book
Heather McQuillan

September 22   ●  2 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: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/799 Learn more ...More

Fern Mercier | The commuting Book
Fern Mercier

November 26   ●  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 wi ...More

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

December 3   ●  1 min read

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

Young Writer
Elizabeth Steel | The commuting Book
Elizabeth Steel

February 23   ●  1 min read

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

Alice Li | The commuting Book
Alice Li

March 3   ●  2 min read