– Please enter each contest only once. (You can enter each time there’s a new story and judge).
– We prefer stories to be less than 500 words. (If you’re not sure, paste your story into Word and it will give you a word count).
– Stories must be original and your own work.
So, how does it work?
Simple! Every so often we’ll ask you to write a new story and after the closing date we’ll judge the stories and give away a prize or two. Anyone can enter as long as you’re 13 or under.
Is there an age limit, and do you have to go to school?
You need to be of primary or intermediate school age, but you don’t have to be at school. You can write by yourself at home and submit your entry, or you can write at school.
Are we allowed to get someone to read and edit our writing?
We don’t mind if someone reads it and makes suggestions about your spelling or even if they read it and say that they think you need to do some more work on it. Perhaps they say ‘I don’t think the ending is quite right. It doesn’t fit with the rest of the story. Have another think about that.’ All writers ask people for feedback. We just don’t want adults rewriting your story for you. We like reading kids’ stories. That’s why we’re children’s authors.
Aren’t younger kids disadvantaged?
We give prizes for a range of things. Sometimes someone invents a great character or uses language beautifully. Other times, someone has a great cliffhanger ending, or says something really funny. That means there will be opportunities for everyone to win prizes.
Who runs FABO?
FABO is run by a group of authors who have volunteered their time, money, and sanity to encourage kids to write stories.
Can I find out when the next competitions are scheduled?
Because we’ll all volunteers with busy lives, FABO doesn’t always run to a strict timetable. We might sometimes miss a fortnight, or start late. We don’t publish our schedule because it often ends up changing.
What are the prizes?
We don’t normally reveal what the prizes are until the competition is over. The prize(s) are supplied by the author who has volunteered to judge the competition. How many prizes are given out depends on the author, who pays for the prizes and shipping out of their own pocket. We like to think that it’s not the prizes that matter, but the fun of entering and the prestige of winning. The real prize is getting to write an exciting story, so everybody who enters FABO wins!