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



Children’s author Kathy White has come up with the start of a story – it’s called No Guarantees. She’d like you to finish the story in 500 words or less and submit it using the online form. Entries close 8pm Friday August 18th. No late entries will be accepted.


“I’m not doing it. You can’t make me.” Tyler gripped his placard tightly and stood his ground. Behind him, the other kids in Room 5 fell silent. Even the cockroaches in the jar on Mr Lewis’s desk stopped moving. A chair scraped on the lino, as Frankie stood up and crossed the classroom to stand behind Tyler. Brendan reluctantly followed her.

“Well, well. What have we here? The Three Musketeers?” Mr Lewis leaned forward to read Tyler’s sign.


Mr Lewis slurped on his tankard of coffee. “Is that right?”

Brendan started to answer, but Frankie nudged him sharply with her elbow.

Mr Lewis picked up the jar and shook it. The cockroaches bounced off the sides of the glass. “Don’t you want to make their legs twitch?”

Tyler swallowed. His mouth had gone dry.

Mr Lewis stared at them through the jar, one eye magnifying and shrinking in turn.

“No problem,” he said suddenly, placing the jar back on his desk. “We have lots of chewing gum that needs scraping off seats. Or maybe you can help Mr Lancaster with the rubbish for the next two weeks. Hmmm? Would you like that?”

Frankie screwed up her nose as if she could smell the bins already.

“There’s one other option, but the equipment hasn’t been used much lately.” Mr Lewis’s lips curled into a little smirk. He rubbed his hands together. “No guarantees.”

He tilted his head towards the door to the back room. “Shall we look?”

The fluorescent light in the back room flickered, revealing a jumble of jars and cabinets in a room with a long corridor. Cobwebs draped across piles of papers strewn with scribbled sketches. In the middle of the room was some kind of machine that looked like a telescope but with an eclectic mixture of switches and gauges and a huge dial with labels in another language.

“Wow, you’re into astronomy, Mr Lewis. I didn’t know.” Frankie leaned in closer and read the labels aloud. “Pusillus and ingens.”

“Pus sounds gross but I like engines,” Brendan grinned.

“It’s ingens,” Frankie repeated. “I think it’s Latin. Like in Harry Potter.”

“As long as it doesn’t have anything to do with those giant spiders, I don’t care,” Brendan said. “They freaked me out. I couldn’t even go on holiday to Australia after I saw that movie.”
“So what exactly do you want us to do?” Tyler asked.

The teacher pushed Tyler to a red circle that had been drawn under the skylight. He positioned him carefully and then beckoned to the others. “I just need to calibrate the machine. Can you three stand over here so I can adjust the focal range. It’ll only take a minute.”

The three friends huddled together while Mr Lewis made his calculations and adjusted his gauges.

Frankie nudged Tyler and whispered. “Doesn’t pusillus mean small?”

Tyler suddenly got the chills. “What is this machine, Mr Lewis?”

Mr Lewis closed one eye and squinted through the viewfinder one last time. They were perfectly in focus. Just perfect. He pushed the uppermost red button and smiled.

Now You Finish The Story…

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

    1. I’ve got a story to put up if I could and it is not the one that I just posted please can I send it to you it’s really good please

  1. I love this I did this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it is fun and you can change the story to what you want it to be about.

  2. Hi FaboStory! My name is Lela, and I have been doing FaboStory for a long while now, about two years. Unfortunately I cannot do any more writing with it because I am now 14! So just thank you very much for creating this, it has improved my writing and stopped the boredom during weekends. Very grateful! Sincerely… Lela:)

  3. I Really love using this website because I love writing and this gives you a starter and you have to think of a unique way to finish it. Which is really cool because it gets your mind working.

  4. Hi! This is Mary… I am really looking forward to having a go at FABO! It’s six days till April the 4th so not long to wait! I really want to be an author when I grow up and you can see my own writing website I have started> potatogarden.nz
    Hoping to get some good writing into some of FABO’s competitions,
    Mary (10) 🙂

  5. Hi I’m new to this and I know you probaley won’t read this but I really enjoy these fabo story thing, I was wondering how you get your inspiration for writing. Thank you

    1. Hi and thanks for your question. Inspiration is everywhere. You can find inspirations for stories in things that happen to you or to others, things that you see in everyday life, all kinds of things. The more stories you think up, the easier it will become. 🙂

    1. Hi Henry – that’s great to hear. This book is pretty special to me and I am really pleased I got the chance to write it, as it is based on my Dad’s life. I hope you enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  6. 16.4.2016
    😦 The competition has ended! It finished yesterday! 😦 Will there be another one soon? I have signed up to your newsletter on my mum’s email and really want to enter one of the competitions. I had started writing and got pretty far in when I saw the close date! 😦

  7. I would like to say thank you very much for this amazing competition and it has given me inspiration in writing. I have participated for 3 years now. This is the last time I will be able to enter but I wish this website would get more recognition because this is an amazing opportunity! So for that, ThankYou!!

  8. Hi. It’s Mary Thompson here; I am really upset because I have missed the enter date by about an hour! It’s now exactly 6:30, I just watched the clock change now as I write. I’ve been crying as I completely finished my story a few days ago and I have been working hard at it from the day the new competition started. I would have posted it before but I got my mum to edit it and she forgot to and I only remembered about it now. I really would like to just email it to you even if I can’t enter the competition because it’s pretty long and I spent ages doing it.
    Thanks, Mary

      1. Thank you so much! I sure will! I’m gonna do it now (-: Mum will edit it now super quick and then I will email it for you.
        Thnx so much! Mary

  9. I’m sorry! I didn’t tell you guys what my favourite word was. I added it in the story, it’s: POTATO. ‘with your face as white as a boiled POTATO!’ was the way I used it. I’m Mary, (the one who was late getting it in) 😛

  10. hi my name is tatiana and i think this is awesome and the first one i did i think that was like the best but there are other cool ones too and i hope Emily Mortimer read’s this because she is my BFF and she posted a comment to and i hope i get to read it i am so happy of my work and i proud of my friend and she has worked hard like me and i hope we win a prize which we should because if we don’t we should not be doing this anymore and good luck to the others who have won a prize and all the comments on my page i will try and reply and i like looking at all the nice comment not so the bad comment but any way i hope someone comment’s back to say how my comment was and i hope it was not to bad and sorry if i up set anyone really sorry and please don’t send something back to me that is mean

  11. I LOVE this website! I just entered my story, and I am hoping to win a prize! Fingers crossed!
    I can’t wait till you read my story! 🙂

  12. I have entered in another competition now. I loved the story starter! It got my ideas going! My greatest challenge in these story starters is the word limit – I can write on endlessly! I love this website, and finger crossed that I get a win this time!

  13. i love the story starter sue it seems like there was a bit of empathy in that paragraph.
    from masyn in rm 14 at vardon school.

  14. Hi I was wondering if there is a new fabo story coming out for this fortnight? I love how you guys do this and we sometimes do a competition through my school to you. Please tell me when there is a new one because I am really looking forward to doing the next story starter.
    Aurora 🙂

  15. Hi, I won a competition, not the last one but the one before and I haven’t got my prize yet. Have you sent it yet? 🙂 Thanks

    1. Hi Isha. I think Elena is waiting for you to send your address. Please could you go to the CONTACT US page of this website and send us a message with your address. Thanks!

    1. Hi there. There’s no word limit. We suggest that you try not to go over 500 words, but it’s fine if you do go over that. It’s very difficult to write a satisfying story in just a few sentences, so our winners have usually written at least a few paragraphs. Hope that helps!

  16. Thanks so much for giving me a winning place! It means a lot. At my school we have extension writers group and i have had two first place successes and also have been published, twice now that I’ve won. Thank you for letting me have a chance.

  17. Hello there my name is Sophie… I am just wondering if maybe we can do another competition before school ends, I have not yet wrote a story and I really want to. Last year I did one but this year I didn’t have time to because of starting a NEW SCHOOL!!

    Thanks Sophie😁


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