About FABO

Fabo Story is a crazy idea dreamed up by a bunch of crazy children’s authors. Our goal is to get kids writing and we’ve got prizes to prove it!

Who Can Enter?

Kids 13 years old and under who live in New Zealand or Australia can enter.

(Please note that sometimes a different prize will be offered if the winner lives in Australia, due to postage restrictions).

The Rules

– Please enter each contest only once. (You can enter each time there’s a new story and judge).

– We prefer stories to be less than 500 words. (If you’re not sure, paste your story into Word and it will give you a word count).

Terms And Conditions Of Entry: Stories may sometimes be shared with third parties where circumstances warrant. Stories will never be shared for profit or commercial gain.

You can read our FAQs here.

About The Authors

Jane BloomfieldJane Bloomfield

Jane Bloomfield is the author of the Lily Max series. Her first book, Lily Max: Satin Scissors Frock, was a finalist in the 2016 NZ Children and Young Adults Book Awards and was a Storylines Notable Book . The sequel, Lily Max: Slope Style Fashion was published in October 2016, and was a Woman’s Day Top Ten Reads 2016. The third book in the series, Lily Max: Sun, Surf, Action, is scheduled for November 2017.

Find Jane at www.lilymax.co.nz

sue-copseySue Copsey

Sue always wanted to be a writer – or an explorer, but she’s not very good with maps and worries about spiders. Still, you can’t let feeble excuses hold you back, can you? So she had a go at both, setting off from England to travel the world, and writing about her experiences for a UK children’s newspaper. When she reached New Zealand, she loved it so much she decided to make it her home. Sue has written several non-fiction books, about interesting things like animals (including spiders) and volcanoes. She also writes ghost stories, like The Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head, set in New Zealand’s spookiest spots. She doesn’t mean to scare you silly, but thinks it’s fun when she does, heh heh.

Haunt Sue at www.suecopsey.com

Maureen Crisp

Maureen loves being a writer. She says “You can spy on people, write down what they say and make up characters in books that look just like them… but they will never guess. And reading all the time is research so I have to do it. (really!)”

Visit her website: www.maureencrispbooks.com

elenaElena De Roo

When she was growing up Elena went to seven different primary schools all around NZ but has lived in Auckland since she was eleven. She likes chips and ice cream (far too much and occasionally together) and writes poems, rhymes and quirky stories.

Visit her website: www.elenaderoo.com

Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Helen Vivienne Fletcher is a children’s and young adult author, spoken word poet and award-winning playwright. She discovered her passion for writing for young people while working as a youth support worker, and now helps children find their own passion for storytelling through her work as a creative writing tutor. Overall Helen just loves telling stories and is always excited when people want to read or hear them.

Visit her website: http://www.helenvfletcher.com

tania-hutleyTania Hutley

Tania’s favourite snack is avocado and peanut butter on toast. In a perfect world Tania would spend all her time writing, but she’s only able to afford all those expensive avocados by working for a company that makes computer games. Though she gets to play games a lot at work, she thinks making up stories is even more fun.

She’s written a book for kids called Tough Enough, another called 99 Flavours of Suck, and a few short stories too. She doesn’t hold any official world record, but her friends are convinced that she is actually the worst singer who ever lived.


johannaJohanna Knox

Johanna Knox writes The Fly Papers – a mystery-adventure series about mutant carnivorous plants (illustrated by the wonderful Sabrina Malcolm).

Johanna is also the editor of Wild Things – Forest & Bird’s science and nature mag for kids. If you haven’t seen it – take a look:

Kyle Mewburn author picKyle Mewburn

Kyle has written more books than she can count without taking her socks off. Her bestselling series Dinosaur Rescue has been translated into lots of languages and was Number One in Norway. She has also written a heap of picture books like Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! and Old Hu-hu.  When she’s not writing she’s either in her garden singing to her vegies, in the creek swimming or off exploring the strange land she’s discovered at the back of her wardrobe. (OK, that last bit may not be completely true…)


michelle-paintMichele Powles

Michele Powles has been a dancer and arty type all of her life. Without realising it, she discovered she was much better at writing and decided that was what she wanted to be when she grew up. She’s still working on the growing up part.

Most of her writing is for adults but sometimes a story will come up that is too awesome so she saves it for kids only. She thinks reading is cool.


melinda-szymanikMelinda Szymanik

Melinda can often be found glued to the television, tapping away on a computer keyboard or with her nose in a book. She has a cat and a dog, some children and a husband, and lives in Auckland. Melinda loves movies and hates driving on motorways and thinks it should be okay to wear pyjamas to work. Writing stories is her favourite thing to do and you can find some of her best stories on the shelves in bookshops and libraries, like Clever Moo, Jack the Viking and The Were-Nana (winner of the 2009 NZ Post Children’s Choice Award). Melinda is currently looking for the answer to the question ‘Who would win? Were-wolves or Gorillas?


kathy-white-smlKathy White

If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be a wildlife photographer. My favourite things are animals and words. Pictures come next. In my book called A Hairy Tale my favourite character has a haircut that makes her look like a baby gorilla called Lulu. I had no way of knowing back then that gorillas would turn out to be so significant in my writing. I’ve written 13 books and about 130 stories, articles and plays.


Suzanne_34_low croppedSuzanne Main

Suzanne is a late-comer to children’s writing. She began writing in 2012 when, worried about a shortage of appealing reading material for her book-mad son, she penned her first children’s novel How I Alienated my Grandma. It went on to win the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2014. Her second book, How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot, was published by Scholastic New Zealand in 2017. When not writing Suzanne can be found weaving stories out of numbers (that’s code for accountant) for a Wellington charity or running around after her two teenagers.


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