Factory Feedback

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.

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in 2022, all from the comfort of your home?  In the new year we'll have more flexible volunteering opportunities available via Zoom. By becoming a Story Factory Digital Tutor in the new year, you’ll be able to help our primary students find their voice and share their stories. 
Find out more on our website: 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/volunteer
Parramatta’s Female Factory Institutions Precinct, tucked into a particularly picturesque corner of Parramatta, is a place rich in history and memory. It’s a history that our program this year connected with - inviting students to consider the living traces of that history around them.  The results we collected into an especially beautiful publication, available now in our bookstore, featuring full colour art prints and poems created by our students.  Buy at https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/
The class of 2021! These miraculous young people, in the midst of disrupted learning and all the stress of 2021, somehow have written a novella or poetry chapbook as part of our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella year-long programs.  Their words are as beautiful, moving, funny and wise and they are. We actually couldn’t be more proud.  Today we celebrate them and their manifold achievements.
We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/local-kid-gives-back-to-his-community/

Factory Feedback was created with, and generously supported by, the Dusseldorp Forum.

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Stories from this Program

The Christmas Truce

By Tahlia, Year 10

I look and see up high, Planes dropping bombs amid our cry, Bullets pierce our ears like animals tearing through prey...

The Perfect Boy

By Olivia, Year 10

The content below contains mature content and adult themes. If you have any concerns or if you are below 15 years of age please do not continue reading. If you are above 15 years of age and wish to continue reading, please scroll down the page. You can read our publishing approach here.

China

By Lauren, Year 10

Shanghai, China, which is also known as ‘Oriental Paris’, is China’s biggest, richest and most popular city. Shanghai’s location coordinates are 31.2304° N, 121.4737° E and is in the continent, Asia. In 2018, there were approximately 24.24 million people living there in which there could be around 25 million people till this day.

Hansel and Gretly

By Larissa, Year 6

Once upon a time there were two children named Hansel and Gretly. Their mum was an evil witch who takes children from the woods and tricks them into coming into her candy home, to eat them like a potato.

Trees

By Shawn, Year 4

I like trees from root to leaf they produce oxygen also coat us with with shade

The Sumatran Tiger

By Scarlett, Year 5

The Sumatran tiger is a mammal. Its size is up to 2.4m long and it’s 118kg. It is also a carnivore.

The World We Live In

By Marianne, Year 6

The people say the world is turning Shining the way the moon does The people, the world Where do you stay? Neighbourhood, where do you turn to?

HyerOxide

By Robert, Year 12

Fire rose throughout the buildings, reaching for the skies as a two story wooden building collapsed against the Earth and the ground shook. It spewed smoke into the air with its ember rushed into the wind, falling like rain, stinging my eyes.

The Halloween Carnival

By Lilli, Year 4

One day my friends and I went to the Halloween carnival. We went to the carnival at 6pm. We were excited! We saw a funny clown do tricks. We also saw some witches and cats doing tricks.

Escaped Room

By Ella, Year 4

Warning sirens about to blow your ears off while you keep desperately walking to escape. While the sirens increase in sound every step you take you're in absolute horror.

The Website that turned Me into 0’s and 1’s

By Utsab, Year 6

The headset flicks off my ears and bangs onto the table, where I eat my food and my computer is. Whew, another 2 hour recording session done! It’s hard being a YouTuber for my fans, even with a tonne of homework to do.

New York

By Tahlia, Year 6

I was standing looking out the window to see the magnificent view of New York City. It was a cold, windy autumn day. I gazed out of the window again to see thousands of yellow taxis go up and down Maple Avenue.

They Lurk

By Saman, Year 9

I am awoken by the beam of light blinding my eyes. “Who turned on the lights?” I demanded. "Me", a plaintive voice responded from the doorway. It was Oliver, "I need to go to the bathroom," he continued, “Can you come with me?”

Zimbabwean Description

By Larissa, Year 6

As the wrinkles and smile lines hug her face the Zimbabwean lady stares down the camera lens with big, dull gray lifeless eyes.

Through Open Doors

By Lidija, Year 10

As Mateo Ashrina walked through the lonely valley, he wondered if he should ever return to the slums he called home. There had never been a mortal that went through the gates of Allah, and lived to tell the tale, but then again, Allah had never seen a half-breed such as him.

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in 2022, all from the comfort of your home?  In the new year we'll have more flexible volunteering opportunities available via Zoom. By becoming a Story Factory Digital Tutor in the new year, you’ll be able to help our primary students find their voice and share their stories. 
Find out more on our website: 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/volunteer
Parramatta’s Female Factory Institutions Precinct, tucked into a particularly picturesque corner of Parramatta, is a place rich in history and memory. It’s a history that our program this year connected with - inviting students to consider the living traces of that history around them.  The results we collected into an especially beautiful publication, available now in our bookstore, featuring full colour art prints and poems created by our students.  Buy at https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/
The class of 2021! These miraculous young people, in the midst of disrupted learning and all the stress of 2021, somehow have written a novella or poetry chapbook as part of our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella year-long programs.  Their words are as beautiful, moving, funny and wise and they are. We actually couldn’t be more proud.  Today we celebrate them and their manifold achievements.
We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/local-kid-gives-back-to-his-community/