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

Are you ready for a new FABO Story? Author Kathy White has written the start of a story – now it’s up to you to finish it.

For this competition, your story should not end in a cliff hanger. Please write the story’s ending.

(Kyle Mewburn has chosen a winner for the last competition – click here to read Kyle’s report).


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 August 17.

Survival Class 101

The door slammed and Room 14 shook like a magnitude 7 earthquake. A stench of slimy fish filled Monty’s nostrils, and then suddenly a pair of bulbous eyes bored into his, making him topple from his headstand into the papier mache volcano next to him.

“Where’s Miss Limone?” he squeaked, slithering the right way up onto the nearest chair. He snuck a quick peak at the new Survival 101 teacher’s long slimy grey face, and stunted frilly arms. She didn’t look like an agent or a teacher.

“The eels in the moat got her ….” Marianne whispered across the aisle. “I heard they ate her gall bladder.”

That’s gross!” Michael said, clutching at his stomach.

Sandy Galbraith started his funny nervous snorting that always made everyone laugh, but this time he barely had time to inhale. The teacher’s enormous bottom flattened his head against the desktop. “Miss Limone was ssssssetting up this evening’s parent-teacher evening. She was attacked from behind.” Her voice was familiar but Monty couldn’t think where from.

The teacher eyeballed each of them in turn as Sandy’s face slowly turned purple. “My name is Missssss Peel. You need to obey me if you want to stay alive at this school, do you understand? Miss Limone was not careful.” Everyone’s head bobbed up and down.

She slid off the desk and Sandy took a giant breath.

“We’re supposed to talk about Project Predator today,” Sue said, trying not to let her voice shake. “Miss Limone left instructions.”

Miss Peel picked up the instruction sheet with one frilly fin and dropped it into the rubbish bin. “We are not talking about meso-predators today. The possum isssss the only animal that is capable of spreading the seed of large-seeded native plants. Do you understand? We need it. It isssss no longer the target.” Everyone started to talk at once. The teacher made tutting noises with her mouth.
“Our mission is much bigger than a marsupial or a rodent. We have identified a REAL predator in our midsssst– a megalo-predator, one that could cause extinctions in New Zealand.” She pointed her remote at the laptop and an image appeared on the screen that made everyone gasp. “I need you to remain calm.”

Now You Finish The Story…


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

  1. I do love fabo, but the ‘Lost in the PE shed vortex’ stories are getting a bit boring to me. I feel like if there were some more story starters in there it would make fabo more likeable and enjoyable.
    Other than that though, an excellent and creative website.

    1. I agree. I am a teacher and some of my Year Students are keen to get involved in FAbo but are waiting for a different story starters. I prefered the old system of a different genre/context each fortnight. Waiting with anticipation….

      1. Hi Megan
        Thanks for your feedback and support. I’m sorry to hear your students aren’t especially enamoured by the current version of FABO. It’s certainly something we’re going to promptly consider. Each year the team tosses around several ideas/concepts trying to find one we are inspired by and can all agree on. It’s often a bit of a challenge, I must say! Naturally some ideas will appeal to kids more than others, but it’s all largely guesswork with no guarantees.
        We’re currently reassessing this year’s concept, so please stay tuned!
        Best wishes,
        Kyle on behalf of the FABO team

  2. I love fabo story.Mt teacher first introduced this website to me last week and I tried my best . But I think that i wrote more that 500 words at first I thought 500 words was going to be difficult but I did m best

  3. This is so amazing! I have entered four times and I’m loving being able to write every week. Thanks for creating Fabo Story!

  4. I did it for my first time EVER IN MY LIFE!!!!I DID IT!I DID IT!I entered the competition and my story is awesome[to me]!And I told my teacher how before he told the people who he wanted to in the competition I wrote and crazy ending that I will finish on Microsoft word[or google slides!]!


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