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

The Current FABO Competition

The current competition is the eighth FABO Story competition. It will be judged by author Weng Wai Chan.  Enter below!


1. Read the story starter and continue the story.

2. We prefer your story to be 500 words or less (not including the story starter). Stories over 550 words will be disqualified.

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 7pm Friday June 5th (NZ time).

5. The winner of the competition will be announced on this website a few days after the competition closes.

6. Every fortnight there will be a new competition and a children’s author will post a new story starter for you.

7. The competition is open to kids aged 13 and under.

8. The winner will receive a Puffin book of their choice* and their story published on the Penguin NZ website!

*book must be $25 or under, book must be in stock, book will be delivered post lockdown.

Weng Wai’s Story Starter

My favourite place in the world is the second-hand shop in Main Street. It’s crammed to the ceiling with all sorts of stuff. In fact, things hang from the ceiling too, like paper lanterns and the stuffed crocodile that always seems to be staring at me no matter where I am in the shop.

Mr Gee sits behind the counter, reading a newspaper and ignoring me. That’s one of the best things about this place—Mr Gee never talks to me unless I talk to him first, even on the days when I’ve spent hours here, reading or touching objects, while waiting for my dad to come and get me. The other thing I like is that there’s always something new to find.

Today, I walk past the old comics, the bin of plastic babies and the display of Star Wars toys, some of which are still ‘mint in box’—at least, that’s what it says on the sign beneath it.

Just past the musical penguins section is an old red wooden box that I’ve never seen before. A dragon is carved into the lid. Just as I touch it, I hear the front door of the shop open…

Now You Finish The Story…

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

  1. 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😁

  2. 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.

    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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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

  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. 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

  11. 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!!

  12. 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! 😦

    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. 🙂

  13. 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. 🙂

  14. 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) 🙂

  15. 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.

  16. 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:)

  17. 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.

    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


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