Fabulous Fibres

Fabulous Fibres Enviro-Stories Competition 2021


Encouraging students to understand where natural fibres come from and how they have been a part of our everyday lives for thousands of years.


The ‘Fabulous Fibres’ Enviro-Stories program takes students on a journey into the world of natural fibres.

Natural fibres are long, thread-like, flexible substances that can be extracted from an animal, vegetable or mineral source, and woven together to make useful substances like fabric, rope and building materials. They have been used by humans for thousands of years and have become an essential product in our everyday lives.

In the ‘Fabulous Fibres’ program, students will learn about the theme and then have the opportunity to display their knowledge by writing and illustrating a short story, focusing on different aspects natural fibres.

The stories can be from a human, plant or animal perspective, and can be fictional or non-fictional. The main thing we want is to encourage lots of creativity. Entries can be submitted by individuals, small groups or even full classes.

Some lucky students will have the privilege of being chosen to become published authors as their stories are made into books. The published books will be 15 pages long and A5 in size. These books will be distributed to schools, libraries and throughout the wider community as a resource to help others learn about natural fibres.

An Introduction for Teachers Fabulous Fibres Flyer


Competition Closes 31 August 2021


What do I have to do?

STEP 1: Download your Story Template. 

Story Template

STEP 2: Identify and research your topic.

STEP 3: Write and illustrate a 15 page story plus 1 cover page as outlined in the Story Template. Make sure you…

  • View our Hints and Tips about how to write a good Enviro-Stories book. READ MORE…
  • Check out previous books to see how the books are laid out and the amount of text that has been used. GO TO THE LIBRARY…
  • Check the story to ensure any scientific or technical details are accurate.
  • Check the spelling and grammar.

STEP 4: Fill in our evaluation form for TEACHERS and STUDENTS.

STEP 5: Post the story and original illustrations to:

Cotton Research and Development Corporations
Attn: Trudy Staines
PO Box 59
Narrabri NSW 2390


This program is supported by the Australian Cotton Research and Development Corporation and CSIRO.