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Write Stories. Win Prizes.

The Fabo Story challenge is back!   What’s Fabo Story you ask?  It’s an ongoing competition where you can enter stories for the chance to win prizes!


Fabo Story is Fabulous!

✭ Here’s the website link:

✭ There’ll be a new story contest to enter every couple of weeks. (Or longer if it’s over the school holidays). Each time the judge and the story’s opening paragraph changes, you can enter again for another chance to win.

✭ It’s free and fun!

Meet The Judges

Fabo Story started four years ago when a group of ✭C✭R✭A✭Z✭Y✭ children’s authors got together and asked, “How can we encourage more kids to write stories?”  It’s been a wild four years, but we’re still here!

Here’s a little bit about us:

fifi-colston-smlFifi Colston

Fifi Colston is an artist, author and all round creative person who has a motto: ‘If you can’t draw it, write it- and if all else fails, get out the hot glue gun!’

She often does all three.

You can read about her latest novel ‘Glory’ here:

maureenMaureen Crisp

Maureen loves being a writer. She says “You can spy on people, write down what they say and make up characters in books that look just like them… but they will never guess. And reading all the time is research so I have to do it. (really!)”

Website for kids:

elenaElena De Roo

When she was growing up Elena went to seven different primary schools all around NZ but has lived in Auckland since she was eleven. She likes chips and ice cream (far too much and occasionally together) and writes poems, rhymes and quirky stories.

tania-hutleyTania Hutley

Tania’s favourite snack is avocado and peanut butter on toast. In a perfect world Tania would spend all her time writing, but she’s only able to afford all those expensive avocados by working for a company that makes computer games. Though she gets to play games a lot at work, she thinks making up stories is even more fun.

She’s written a book for kids called Tough Enough, another called 99 Flavours of Suck, and a few short stories too. She doesn’t hold any official world record, but her friends are convinced that she is actually the worst singer who ever lived.

johannaJohnanna Knox

Johanna Knox writes The Fly Papers – a mystery-adventure series about mutant carnivorous plants (illustrated by the wonderful Sabrina Malcolm).

Johanna is also the editor of Wild Things – Forest & Bird’s science and nature mag for kids. If you haven’t seen it – take a look:

kyle-posterKyle Mewburn

I’ve always loved writing. Unfortunately my handwriting has always been horrendous. No matter how hard I try it always comes out looking like a cockroach has stepped in some ink and crawled across the page. Luckily some smartypants invented the computer. There was no stopping me after that! I’ve now written more books than I count without taking my socks off. When I’m not writing I’m either in my garden singing to my vegies, in the creek swimming or off exploring the strange land I’ve discovered at the back of my wardrobe. (OK, that last bit may not be completely true…)

I’ve also got a website –

michelle-paintMichele Powles

Michele Powles has been a dancer and arty type all of her life. Without realising it, she discovered she was much better at writing and decided that was what she wanted to be when she grew up. She’s still working on the growing up part.

Most of her writing is for adults but sometimes a story will come up that is too awesome so she saves it for kids only. She thinks reading is cool.

melinda-szymanikMelinda Szymanik

Melinda can often be found glued to the television, tapping away on a computer keyboard or with her nose in a book. She has a cat and a dog, some children and a husband, and lives in Auckland. Melinda loves movies and hates driving on motorways and thinks it should be okay to wear pyjamas to work. Writing stories is her favourite thing to do and you can find some of her best stories on the shelves in bookshops and libraries, like Clever Moo, Jack the Viking and The Were-Nana (winner of the 2009 NZ Post Children’s Choice Award). Melinda is currently looking for the answer to the question ‘Who would win? Were-wolves or Gorillas?

kathy-white-smlKathy White

If I wasn’t a writer, I’d be a wildlife photographer. My favourite things are animals and words. Pictures come next. In my book called A Hairy Tale my favourite character has a haircut that makes her look like a baby gorilla called Lulu. I had no way of knowing back then that gorillas would turn out to be so significant in my writing. I’ve written 13 books and about 130 stories, articles and plays.

So why are you still here reading, when you could be writing a story and entering the Fabo Story challenge? Go on, do it now!

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Enter the 400 Words Writing Competition

The Breeze radio station is running its very own writing competition for Kiwi kids aged 13 years and under.  There are two categories: 9 & under and 10 to 13. Entrants have to write a short fictional story of no more than 400 Words.  Your entry will go in the draw for $400 cash and books for your school library (1 x prize for each category). Selected stories will be read by well-known Kiwi’s, and the two winning stories by TV3’s Hilary Barry.

Two of our previous Star Authors are judges – Melinda Szymanik and Maria Gill.  Check out their Star Author posts for writing tips to help you with your story.

Entries close on 27th September so head on over to the 400 Words Competition page now and submit your entry.

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The Twelve Doors by Ella Somers

Check out this awesome story that Ella wrote using Andy Griffiths’ Twelve Doors writing exercise.


Good morning, stranger, and what brings you to my door?
Ah, you need not say anything, I can guess where you are heading.
How, you ask? I have seen many young people pass my door, all with the feverish look in their eyes, all heading the same way.
But I can see in your eyes, stranger, that you are still not sure about your choice, were you pushed into this, stranger, called a coward, because you were not sure? How do I know this, as well, stranger?
Ah, I am what people call a Reader. No, I do not read books, I read people. I can read their desires, their fears, their deepest regrets, yes, I can see right in to you soul, stranger. No, I do not know your name, my gift, does not allow me to see that. Nor do I wish to know it, for it makes me remember the people who walked past my door, to their deaths.
Now, stranger, tell me the real reason, you are walking this path.
Ah, wait. Close your mouth. I am a Reader, remember. Wait, I am looking into your heart, yes… yes… It is a women, isn’t it, stranger? You are deeply in love with her, you would walk the ends of the earth for her, so deep is your love for her. Now, what has she done, to make you walk this path, hmm? Ah, now I see, it is her father, yes? I thought so.
So this is why you are walking this road to your death, you are poor, your job does not supply you much money, you have a little sister who you love dearly, but she is sick, and one day soon, you fear she will die. And this women you are in love with, she is a rich, isn’t she? And even though she loves you, and you love her back, her father, doesn’t agree to the match, yes? He does not want a poor peasant marrying his beautiful rich daughter. He thinks she should marry someone else and he has someone in mind who is very, very rich but is also cruel, yes?
And this father, he is scared that you will runaway with his daughter, makes a bargain with you. If you go to The Twelve Doors, and come back with the prize, he will let his daughter marry you and even make you a knight, so you have a position in his household. So you agreed to come on this quest.
So that is your story, stranger, and a strange one, too. I knew as soon as I saw you stranger, that there was something different about you, and now I know. You tread this path, for the people you love, not for greed, which is all the other poor souls who came this way have fallen too.
And for that stranger, I am going to give you a word of advice for what you face ahead. Now, come closer, so I may whisper in you ear.
Now, are you listening, stranger? Good. What you need to face the horrors ahead is not a weapon, but your wits. Yes, stranger, your wits. For the horrors that hide in the eleven doors, are actually spirits, evil spirits, that are desperate for fresh souls, but they can only kill the souls that are already tainted. That is why the greedy travellers that have gone before you have never came back, for their souls have been tainted with greed. Now, you, stranger, Your soul is pure, I can sense it. As the spirits try to take you soul, fight them with your mind. Think of all the good things you have ever done, and most of all think about the love you share with the women. The spirits can not battle against love for it is to pure and beautiful for them. They will slowly weaken and grow transparent and then disappear.
In each of the eleven doors, their is a spirit, and the more doors you grow through, the more evil they are…
When you reach the twelfth door, and that is if, you survive up to the twelfth door, take your treasure, and begone from that evil place. Go home and marry your lady and forget The Twelve Doors.
Now go, for I have helped you in all the ways I can.
What is it, stranger?
What is the treasure, you ask? Ah, I can not say, for it is supposedly different for everyone. Now go.
Farewell, Stranger. And… good luck.

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Enter the Billionaire Writing Competition

The Crystal CodeTo celebrate the release of The Crystal Code, book four in Richard Newsome’s award-winning Billionaire series, Text Publishing are running a writing competition for students aged 10–13 years.

The winner’s school will receive a $1,000 credit voucher and the winning writer a $100 credit voucher to spend in one New Zealand bookshop, courtesy of Text Publishing.

To be part of the competition, you must write a story of no more than 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars.

The competition is open now and entries have to be in by Friday 9 November.  For more information and to download an entry form, visit the Text Publishing website.

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A great writing challenge for keen writers

Here is a little something I am involved in. If you are a primary or intermediate school student you should check this out. Lots of fun to be had, prizes to win and writing skills to benefit. Go to it y’all.

FaBo Story 3 has now launched at and we’d LOVE you to write with us. As it’s the beginning of the term and you’re all busy, we’re giving you a bit longer to write your first chapter and email it to us (deadline 27 July).
FABO STORY 3 begins with a letter posted on the blog on Monday 16 July – a letter that threatens to disrupt the biggest sporting event in world history – the TITANIC GAMES.
Who wrote the letter and to whom? Why would they make threats? It’s your job to write a follow-on chapter. YOU decide what the story is about, who the characters are, and what happens to them next. Write the next chapter in the story (up to 1000 words) and send it in the body of your email (not as an attachment) by 5pm on Friday 27 July. The winning chapter will appear on Monday 30 July at the same time as a chapter by one of the children’s authors. From then on, every week is another episode in a big, dark writing adventure.
By the end, you will have used your imagination and sleuthing skills to figure out who the villain is and how to stop him or her from destroying the Titanic Games. Are you ready to compete? Let the Titanic Games begin!
As always, there will be prizes, so start working on your medal count now.
Go to to read the letter that kickstarts your story about the Titanic Games.
GOOD LUCK. : ) Start reading, and start writing.

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Who wants a writing competition?

Hello again

It’s blustery in the Waikato today. Wind is my least favourite form of weather, although the word ‘blustery’ is rather nice, isn’t it? I don’t need to worry about the wind too much though, because I’m inside for most of the day. Sorry I’ve been away from the blog for longer than expected. Life became busy. Hopefully everyone had a restful and enjoyable weekend. Our soccer team won, so that’s always a bonus. One of the stories on my ‘to do’ list is a soccer story. But I’m not sure whether I’ll ever get around to writing it.

I always have a lot of projects ‘on the go’ at once, which isn’t a great way to conduct life but it seems to be my way. One of my projects is a website with writing competitions for kids. I imagine that the competitions will be for a variety of things – writing a great opening sentence, describing a tree, creating a limerick. That kind of thing. There would be opportunities to submit longer pieces as well, but I would probably start small to see how it goes. I would like to host regular writing competitions, but I’m not really sure whether that would be weekly or monthly yet.

So here’s the big question! Is it a good idea or not? Would you enter a regular writing competition for kids? Do you need prizes? Or is feedback enough? I am keen to hear your ideas on my idea.

Thanks for listening!


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Competitions galore!

You can find out about lots of different competitions on our blog at the moment.  If you enter these competitions on the blog you could win some cool book bundles:

  • Let the fun begin – New Zealand Book Month 2011 – add your comments to the blog during March and you could win a bundle of New Zealand children’s books.  There are only 2 days left so you better hurry!
  • Explore Christchurch at your library and win – hunt through our photo collection and find the most interesting photos.  Find your favourite photo in the category that we select, copy the address and post it in a comment on the blog telling us why you like it.  We’ll post the winner’s photo each time and they’ll receive a book prize.  The first category is Costume and Fashion.

You could also enter these cool writing competitions for the chance to win some awesome prizes and even get your story published:


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The FaBo story competition

Hi everyone, have you entered the FaBo competition yet?

It’s an interactive novel writing project dreamed up by a crazy team of kiwi authors, including me!

Each week you can pit your writing wits against one of the FaBolous team. If you think you can out-imagine, out-write and out-FaBo the FaBo Team, write your own version of the next exciting chapter and send it in.

The best chapter each week will be posted on the FaBostory blog, and you can try and guess which author wrote the week’s “official” chapter.

Check it out here: http://



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The fabulous FaBo story

“Nine mad writers; one crazy story; no idea what happens next; hold onto your mouse… it’s going to be a wild ride!”

The FaBo (short for Face Book) story is an online interactive novel that’s added to each week by some great New Zealand authors and illustrators, including Kyle Mewburn, Fifi Colston and Brian Falkner.  The story is called The Visitors and so far the first 5 chapters have been written.  Each Monday an exciting new chapter is added by a mystery author and if you think you can guess which author wrote it, you can enter the ‘Mystery Author’ competition and win a mystery prize.  The best part is that you can have a go and write your own chapter to follow on from the previous one.  The FaBo team chooses a winning chapter and posts it the following week along with the next chapter written by the mystery author.

If you want to read the story so far and maybe even enter your own chapter, go to the FaBo Story blog.

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What might you find down the back of a chair?

Cover imageYou can find all sorts of interesting things down the back of a chair.  It’s the best place to find loose change because it always falls out of people’s pockets and seems to roll there.  Sometimes you  find old bits of food that have gone all crusty or have been mushed into the chair cushions.  Have you ever fallen down the back of the chair?  Some chairs are so soft and spongy that you can almost disappear into them.

There is a special writing and illustrating competition that you can enter if you go to the Storylines Free Family Day at the Christchurch Town Hall on Sunday 15 August.  All you have to do is write a one page story about what you might find down the back of a chair, or you could design a book cover for Margaret Mahy’s book, Down the Back of the Chair.  You can write it on the day or write it beforehand and bring it along.  There are prizes for the best writing and illustrations in each age group: Age 4-8 and 9-12 years and winning entries will be posted on the Storylines website.

Get writing or illustrating and you might win a cool prize.

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