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

★ The sixth FABO Story competition for 2021 has started and author Elena De Roo has written a story starter. Finish the story your way, and enter now!

Click here to take a look at the schedule for this year’s competitions.


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 August 6th (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 mystery prize donated by the judge.

Elena’s Story Starter

Even though Jono and I both had friends over, the rainy afternoon seemed to be stretching out forever.

“What about baking something,” called Mum from her home office, when Jono and Anaru started chasing each other around the living room, whooping loudly. “There’s a recipe for cupcakes somewhere in Nana’s old scrap book.”

It sounded like a good idea, especially as we could eat them afterwards.

While Ash and I turned the pages, Jono and Anaru looked over our shoulders. The recipes, most of them in Nana’s spidery writing, were dotted with grease spots and had interesting titles, like Tapioca Pudding and Lemon Barley Water.

“Give it here. I’ll find the cupcakes,” said Anaru. He started rifling through the pages and a small square of folded paper fell out. “Bet that’s it.”

The faintly lined paper was yellowed at the edges and almost falling apart along the fold lines. I laid it out carefully on the bench.

~ RECIPE FOR A WISH ~ it began, in Nana’s best printing.

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

  1. i’m doing this for school so can you send me an email saying who the winners are when it’s time???

  2. Hi,I love this site it is interesting the first part of the story but i am not quite sure how many words

  3. I read a comment saying that it was okay for the word limit to be under 550 but now I have just sent it and when I looked at this : https://fabostory.wordpress.com.faqs it said that the number of words had to be under 500. I am unsure what the word count has to be now… but my main point is is it okay to have just over 500 words?

  4. Does it matter if your story is 544 words or is that too long? I really love the freedom and wonder of this marvelous tale!

  5. hi, are the judges looking for a creative story, or can it be just really well written to win?

    1. Each competition has a different judge so there is no cross-over between competitions. It’s up to that week’s judge to choose the best story, and they could choose a story written by someone who has won before.

  6. I LOVE Sue Copsey’s story starter! It’s got so many possible story endings!
    Thank-you SO MUCH for Fabo!!

  7. next week can we please be allowed more words
    when first wrote it it was 1145 words
    I find it hard to write short story’s 😦

  8. Hi! I entered my story, it went through and then I realised my email was wrong! I forgot the s. So I went back and entered again with the new email! I hope my old entry deleted! But I am not quite sure.

  9. Hi! I thought I submitted my last story, but it appears not to have entered. What should I do? Is there any way I can still enter?

    1. Hi there. You can enter the current competition by filling in the form. The previous competition closed on Saturday and late entries can’t be accepted.

  10. Hi, I love Fabo! I was just wondering if you could post the new story starter the minute the old one finishes? And also, I would like to say that I would LOVE if you could keep doing new story starters once a week!

  11. This story starter is awesome so so so awesome but I have no clue how to write in present tense can Iwrite in past tense?????? I love this story starter it is so imaginative and allows you to interpret as you please!!!

  12. hi there, I have written my story and submitted it, but then the page reloaded and I am not sure if the story got to you guys, would it be ok if I write my story again and re-sended to make sure I had a entry?

  13. Apart from being nervous this was GREAT 9/10 rating I really enjoyed this it was a great time writing tanks

  14. hello there my name is rose and i am a lover of cats i loved publishing this and it was super fun! the one thing i didn’t like was when i left to go turn music on or something like that like when i left the website and i come back and everything i wrote was gone otherwise like it!

  15. Does it make a difference on how old you are? Like would a 10 year old thatw as great at writing get a better chance that a 13 year old??

  16. That was such an imaginative story and the author must have put so much work into doing that amazing story starter. I only did around 400 words is that okay or do I have to do 500 exactly?
    Well done to anyone who did this story starter as it really gets your thinking cap stuck on.

  17. hi, thank you so much for the latest story starter. it’s really exciting! I’m just wondering- how did Fabo get it’s name? thanks

  18. Hi, I had enter my story to the competition already done but my laptop restarted and closed all of the tabs. Will my writing still be read by the Judges. I also wrote it in a document.

  19. I LOVE 🥰🥰🥰 Helen Fletcher’s story starter! It’s so good. I love it! Thanks so much for having this set up. It’s a life safer during lockdown.😁😁😁

  20. I accidentally closed the tab with my fabostory, and I don’t have it written anywhere else. Is there a way to get it back, or is it gone forever? Do I have to start again?

      1. We recommend writing your story in Word (or similar) and then copying it into the website. If you refresh the webpage before sending your entry, any information you entered will be lost.

  21. my story had 460 words is that too much under or does it not matter how much under the story is also will there be a new story every week?

      1. Oh no my story is too long! It said that there was a maximum of 550 words but now it says the limit is 500. Can I edit my story to make it 500 words?

      2. 550 words is okay, but no more than that. If you want to edit your story, you can send it through to us again with a note saying you’ve edited it and would like the new version to be the one included in the judging.


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