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

Are you ready for a new FABO Story Competition? Author Sue Copsey has written a story starter. Now it’s up to you to write the rest of the story!

(Elena De Roo is judging the last competition and will announce her winners soon).


1. Read the story starter and finish the story.

2. Your story should be no more than 500 words.

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 8pm Friday September 28. A winner will be announced a few days later.

Sue’s Story Starter

Do you think it’s true, that people look like their pets? The lady next door (who never throws our ball back) has got black hair and mean eyes, and she has this black cat with piercing green eyes. It sits on the fence and hisses at me. My dad reckons they’re actually the same person-animal, because we never see them both at the same time. He’s only joking, of course.

I think.

Normally, I love cats, and for my birthday this year I asked for a kitten. But my mum’s allergic to cats so they got me – brace yourselves – a rat.

It sat there in its cage, a browny colour with beady dark eyes, a twitchy nose and long droopy whiskers. Gross.

“Rat rhymes with cat, perhaps Mum and Dad didn’t hear you properly,” said my sister Lottie with a smirk.

“They make wonderful pets, they’re really intelligent,” said Dad in this enthusiastic-with-a-hint-of-apology voice.

There were no words to describe my disappointment. “They’re vermin,” I replied, in a voice that sounded dead. “They spread disease.”

The rat swivelled its head and looked at me, and I’d swear it looked hurt.

“You can tame it and then it can sit on your shoulder, have a run around in the garden,” said Mum.

“As long as next-door’s psycho-cat isn’t around,” said Lottie. “Dad, can we go now?”

He was taking her to her netball match. Lottie’s good at sport. Unlike me. She’s also tall and has swishy blonde hair and blue eyes and round rosy cheeks, while I’m small and have mousy brown hair and brown eyes, and my nose is a bit long and pointy. I’m also getting braces as my teeth stick out a bit.

Mum left the room too, and I was alone with … rat. I couldn’t be bothered to think of a name. I looked over at it, and it sat up on its back legs, its little pink hands held in front of it, its nose doing the twitchy thing. Then, the strangest thing happened …

Now You Finish The Story…


272 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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