Young writers (aged 7-17)
Get Your Start as a Professional Writer
Story Factory is seeking young writers (aged 7-17) who love writing and have something to say to submit their writing for publication for our newest program – Factory Feedback.
This program is designed to support, champion and amplify the voices of the brilliant young people of Australia.
We will work with you to edit and develop your writing (both fiction and non-fiction) and then publish successful submissions on our website, as well as pay a small honorarium for your work.
We’re looking for shorter pieces suitable for publishing online on our website. We’d love to read your three-volume novel but it’s a bit tricky to publish online so we may suggest publishing an extract of longer work submitted. Up to 1000 words is a good fit, as a guideline.
We’ll ask for your name, age, address and school to check your eligibility for this program as part of the application process.
Factory Feedback is our vote of confidence in the voices of young people.
Factory Feedback was created with, and generously supported by, the Dusseldorp Forum.
Stories from this Program
By Dunya, Year 6
The emu has a shaggy grey-brown to black plumage. The bare skin around their face and neck is a striking blue-black colour. Emu chicks are grey with black or brown stripes, so that only the other emus can see it.
People Are Way Too Quick To Judge
By Dunya, Year 6
Have you ever been a situation where you had assumed something that wasn’t true? Well I have and that’s why I am 100% positive that people assume things way too quickly! People still haven’t learnt that things are not always as they seem!
One day there was a monster called Jacob. He was so kind to all of the people. He used to not have any friends. One time a girl called Sarah saw him, then she said “why are you sad?” Then he said, because nobody wants to be his friend. Then she said, “I could be your friend.” Then they were playing at the park together. After one week they were at the forest.
Once upon a time I saw a yellow car and I saw a yellow toy I want. I go to the shop and buy a big toy and I go back home and I go to shower and I play with my Ipad and I go to the shop again and I buy another toy and then go to bed.
Once upon a time, there was a family in a big house. The family were helping and working together. The little boy and his mum were cleaning the little boy’s room up and...
One day, there was a lost dog in the street. He was walking around. I rescued him from the car. We took it to his family. He was happy he went to our house and the last day he went back home.
One day there was an old house. There is a boy and a girl, but 1 minute later Godzilla fights King Kong and they made a huge storm and the boy and girl flew up into the sky and they went to the galaxy and they fight and fight in the galaxy and the boy and the girl died.
Some day I sat in the grass and someone came and said to me “I am police. I want you to be your friend”. I tell him, “Okay I want to be yours, and be police and I want to be king”.
I colour shapes in a paper with paint and the colours are light. Once I am done, I give it to the teacher and she marks it, then puts it on my report. At the end of the day I like to go with my family to eat ice cream at Big W.
Right after I turned on the TV, it flickered on and off. Then suddenly all the trolls came to life! Thank God that Bular the bad troll didn’t come to life or else I would be dead by now. They were huge.
One day, there was a princess living in a castle with her mom and dad. Her name is Mirna. They were a very happy family, but unfortunately one day their mom died because she was really sick and the dad tried to get doctors to help her, but even the doctors couldn’t help her.
By Jonathan, Year 5
Peter is a agile, young and short boy who watches Spider-Man practically every day. Peter glued watching his Spider-Man cartoon with fascination until his mother called him for dinner.
Change is Scary
By Fatuma, Year 9
I walk into my creepy basement to get my family's old rusty camera and hear a big bang. I turn on the light and it starts to flicker. I see the camera from a distance. I walk toward the camera and try to grab it. I start to feel something brush against my skin. I immediately realize it’s a bunch of spiders and cockroaches.
Don’t Target Bob
By Jayden, Year 6
Bob sprinted past the abandoned factory, glancing at the basketball court next to it. His head turned to see the distance between him and the two black clothed people. There was about 50 meters between them.
By Zahra, Year 12
My umbrella shines bright red amongst others, exposing my identity. This place where I live is considered dystopian. Here the government tracks down every move of its citizens, not allowing one to have their own voice and feelings.