★ The ninth FABO Story competition for 2021 has started and author Michele Powles has written a story starter. Finish the story your way and enter now!
1. Read the story starter and continue the story.
2. We prefer your story to be 500 words or less (not including the story starter). Stories over 550 words will be disqualified.
3. You have two weeks to write your story, so there’s no need to rush! Take your time and send us the best story you can write.
4. Send your story to us by 7pm Friday September 17th (NZ time).
5. The winner of the competition will be announced on this website a few days after the competition closes.
6. Every fortnight there will be a new competition and a children’s author will post a new story starter for you.
7. The competition is open to kids aged 13 and under.
8. The winner will receive a mystery prize donated by the judge.
Michele’s Story Starter
“Nothing has miraculously appeared since you last looked!”
Tor swung the fridge door closed and sighed at his mum. “But I’m hungry.”
Mum patted him on the head distractedly as if he were a puppy. “I’ll make lunch once I’m off my next call and you’ve finished your maths. I have to go, don’t come downstairs.”
Tor picked up his iPad and looked at the 20 maths questions his teacher had set. Fractions were his least favourite thing. Okay, that wasn’t true, class Zoom calls where everyone had to share were his least favourite thing, but fractions came in close. Lockdown was laaaaaame.
“Done and done.”
Tor looked up at his brother Duncan. “You are not.”
Duncan wiggled his eyebrows. “Level 39.”
Tor snorted. “Prodigy doesn’t count as school work.”
“Does if you’re in Miss Morelli’s class.”
Tor shuddered. Miss Morelli might set the least amount of home-schooling work, but she was creepy. End of story. When she looked at him with her dark, flashy eyes, Tor always got a sucking sensation like she was trying to pull his brain out through his eyes.
Tor grabbed his brother’s iPad. “You’ve still got this task to do.” He clicked on it:
Lockdown Life Lessons
Share a story and snapshots of life in lockdown. Things you’ve seen on a walk, things you’ve grown, creatures from your fridge, silly tales about your pets or family.
Duncan cleared his throat; it was a sort of strangled sound. “Ummmmmm, I thought you said there was nothing in here.”
Tor looked up, and saw Duncan bathed in the light from the fridge, his face twisted in a strange expression…