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!
– 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).
About The Authors
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 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!)”
Website for kids: www.bonesbymaureencrisp.blogspot.com
Elena 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
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.
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:
I’ve always loved writing. Unfortunately my handwriting has always been horrendous. No matter how hard I try it always comes out looking like a cockroach has stepped in some ink and crawled across the page. Luckily some smartypants invented the computer. There was no stopping me after that! I’ve now written more books than I count without taking my socks off. When I’m not writing I’m either in my garden singing to my vegies, in the creek swimming or off exploring the strange land I’ve discovered at the back of my wardrobe. (OK, that last bit may not be completely true…)
I’ve also got a website – www.kylemewburn.com
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 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?
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.