We give you the beginning of the story and you write what happens next!

★ The final FABO Story competition for 2021 was a fun pop-up poetry challenge. Elena de Roo and Melinda Szymanik chose the winners, and you can read their report by clicking here.

★ The FABO Story competitions will be back at the beginning of the second school term in 2022. (2nd May, 2022). See you then! 

Books by the Fabulous FABO Authors!

Check out these amazing books by the authors who judge the FABO competitions.


BatKiwi /Ko PekaKiwi (Scholastic), by Melinda Szymanik & illustrated by Izzy Joy Te Aho-White.

Kind-hearted Kiwi wants to rescue any forest friend in need, but he can never quite make it on his own. Who will help Kiwi be a hero?


Moon and Sun (Upstart Press), by Melinda Szymanik & illustrated by Malene Laugesen.

Moon knows she can never be as bright and warm and beloved as her sister, Sun. She hides away, shy and sad, only coming out at night. But maybe Moon is more important than she realises …


Melinda Szymanik’s books are available from The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop or any good independent bookstore

My Elephant is Blue (Puffin [Penguin NZ]), by Melinda Szymanik & illustrated by Vasanti Unka.

‘One morning I woke to find an elephant sitting on my chest. I found it hard to get up or move around, to breathe or talk. “I’m Blue,” the Elephant said.’ 

My elephant is Blue is an empathetic, heart-warming story written to help tamariki cope with heavy feelings.


The Trespassers Club by Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Trespassers Club was just supposed to be a game, but sometimes going places you shouldn’t has consequences…

(Middle grade novel)


There’s No Such Thing As Humans by Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Grub is a little monster with a big problem – he’s absolutely terrified of humans, especially the one his brother says lives under his bed.

(Junior novel/early reader)


Underwater by Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Bailey has a lot of secrets, and a lot of scars, both of which she’d like to keep hidden. Unfortunately, Pine Hills Resort isn’t the kind of place where anyone can keep anything hidden for long…

(Young adult novel)


Reactive by Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Deadly magic. Scheming teachers. A spell growing out of control. Can Toby save his friends, or will his magic claim all their lives?

(Young adult novella)


The Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head by Sue Copsey

Book 1 in the Spooky Adventures series.

Who’s haunting the house on the cliffs? Ghost-busting duo Joe and Eddie set out to solve this spooky mystery, set on the remote cliffs of Young Nick’s Head on Aotearoa’s East Coast.


The Ghosts of Tarawera by Sue Copsey

Book 2 in the Spooky Adventures series.

Strange encounters on the misty lake, apparitions in the Buried Village, and signs that Mt Tarawera is awakening. Can Joe and Eddie convince the scientists to raise the alert, before it’s too late?


The Ghosts of Moonlight Creek by Sue Copsey

Book 3 in the Spooky Adventures series.

Just this once, Joe would like a spook-free holiday. But it soon becomes clear there’s more than one reason Moonlight, in the hills behind Queenstown, is known as a ghost town.


When Bo Bimble Went Elsewhere by Sue Copsey

The heartwarming tale of a curious, kakapo-like creature who wants to visit Elsewhere – the world beyond the predator fence – and the bird-nerd boy who befriends her. A tale of adventure, with a touch of magic and a strong environmental theme.


When We Remember to Breathe by Michele Powles & Renee Liang

“This delightful journey through the first five years of mothering, as told by two friends, an author and a paediatrician, is must reading for parents, and parents to be. Wise and clever, always funny and sometimes sad, this collection goes deep to the heart of what it means to be a mother, and a friend.” – Sonja de Friez RNZ


Rush! Rush! by Elena de Roo, illustrated by Jenny Cooper, One Tree House, 2021

Over the fence,
and down with a whoosh!
Onto the track!
Into the bush.
Under the trees, through the fields, past the eels – follow a young child as she hurries from home, one windy morning— but where is she going and why is she in such a rush?


Book #1 in the Lily Max series for 8 – 12-year-olds

Lily Max: satin, scissors, frock by Jane Bloomfield

Lily Max loves creating and wearing crazy clothes. But when she sets her heart on winning the Snow Queen crown at the school ball, and embarks on her most ambitious design project yet, her arch-enemy Violet Hughes breaks all the rules to beat her …

“Funny, quirky & hugely enjoyable … a great book for young style junkies & budding designers, 8+.” ~ Isobel Marriner, NZ Herald Best Books 


Book #2 in the Lily Max series for 8 – 12-year-olds

Lily Max: slope, style, fashion by Jane Bloomfield

Exuberant young fashionista Lily Max finds herself in a major predicament on the first day of school skiing. Miss Sprotts is totally NOT COOL with her radically modified ski outfit – and everyone is about to find out she’s an absolute beginner.

When an ad appears for the Snow Festival fashion show, Lily Max is confident she can create a stunning collection and learn to ski. But with arch-rival, queen-of-mean (& captain of the ski team) Violet Hughes scheming to beat her, can Lily Max pull through?


Book #3 in the Lily Max series for 8 – 12-year-olds

Lily Max: sun, surf, action by Jane Bloomfield

Young fashionista Lily Max reunites with her long-lost BFF Greer at a beautiful surf beach, where the movie Wave is being filmed. A perfect summer together stretches out before them … until local surfer-boy Ryder becomes an unwanted third wheel.

When Lily Max auditions as the body-double of the young female lead, and dares Greer and Ryder on a secret mission to a derelict lighthouse, things start to go weirdly wrong …


Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective, by Elena de Roo, illustrated by Tracy Duncan, Walker Books Australia, 2014

Three short stories told in rhyming verse.

Banish those gremlins! Ghosts on the go! Deadly detectives, O. Wild and co. Always up for anything, Ophelia Wild and sidekick Albert expand their secret service agency to tackle zombies and monsters … with some surprise results.


The Name at the End of the Ladder, by Elena de Roo, Walker Books Australia, 2014

No name means no escape…

Win the game to choose your name and free the players who remain. Twelve-year-old September is determined to choose an adventurous name for herself from the Name Bank – not like all her friends, who are named after flowers or trees. Soon she discovers that she has no choice, unless she can win an ancient and mysterious board game. And every roll of the dice leads her further into danger.


850 thoughts on “We give you the beginning of the story and you write what happens next!

  1. Kia ora FABO Authors,
    I just wanted to comment and tell all of you amazing authors how much this website and it’s competitions mean to me. FABO has given me a platform to grow and develop in my writing skills over the years, and unfortunately, as I will be turning fourteen later this year I will no longer be able to enter the competitions.
    Because of this I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you, for the hard work you have put into Fabo and how much you have all helped me grow to become a better writer.
    As I’m sure you know, there are not many writing competitions available for younger writers out there, so your site has become the perfect place for many young writers to learn how to tell better stories, and develop our creative storytelling skills.
    So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating FABO and working so hard, and putting in so much effort in order to run and judge these competitions.
    Happy writing!
    Ka kite ano
    Indigo

    1. Hi Indigo. Thank you so much for your lovely message – it means a lot. The entire FABO team has loved reading your stories over the last few years. We’ve all been hugely impressed by your talent, and we’re certain you have a very bright future in front of you. We’ll miss reading your stories next year, and wish you all the very best with your writing.

    2. Hi Indigo, I’m Samantha, I’m 12 and I have allways loved reding your stories. I have no idea who you are, but I often see your name in the reports, for first place, or at least runner up. You have inspired me, and I want to see my name in the reports just as much as yours was! Thank you for showing me how awesome a kid’s writing can be.
      Samantha

      1. Hi Samantha,
        Thank you so much for your lovely words – they made my day 🙂
        Your poem about riding your horse was AMAZING and so beautifully written- I loved it!
        I’m glad that you have enjoyed reading my stories; and I hope you continue writing and entering Fabo next year.
        Happy Writing!
        Indigo

    1. It’s different for every competition. Sometimes there can be as few as 30 entries, and sometimes there can be as many as 150 entries. We never know how many we’ll get.

  2. Hi. Does our chosen poetry prompt (referring to the text ones) have to be featured in our poem as one of our lines or can the prompt be apart of a line? For example, does it have to be [my text] (next line) [poetry prompt] or can it be [my text] , [poetry prompt] (one line)? Hope that’s not too confusing. Thanks! 😊

    1. Yes, you can use a different one for each poem. (You’re allowed to enter two poems). You can also use more than one in a single poem if you like – it’s completely up to you.

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