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

Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day. This year's theme is 'My Dreaming, My Future'.  At Story Factory we believe in the power of storytelling and we are so privileged to work with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who carry with them the stories of their family, culture and Country. Today is a day to celebrate these young people and acknowledge the importance of elevating their voices and the stories they tell.
We were so excited to welcome young writers from across the country into our Parramatta Centre on Tuesday for the announcement of the winners of our writing prize!  Congratulations to all the shortlisted young writers and to everyone who submitted their writing. There were 154 submissions overall and the judges were extremely impressed by the high quality of the writing. Twelve pieces were shortlisted in four different age categories and have been published in the special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory. Two pieces were chosen as the overall winners of the competition as well as winners in each of the four age categories.  The entries ranged from the story of a waffle gaining consciousness, to the imagined voices of flowers and trees, to powerful reflections on grief. This competition aimed to celebrate the voices of young people who aren’t heard loudly enough and we are delighted to publish them in our 10th anniversary anthology and share their voices with the world!  You can see the full list of winners and buy your copies of the anthology via the link in our bio.
Don't forget to join us on Facebook live at 4.30pm today for the very special announcement of the winners of the Story Factory 10th Anniversary Writing Prize and the launch of our special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory.  This two-volume publication - one for younger readers and one for older readers - brings together some of our favourite bits of writing from our first decade, including all the winning and shortlisted entries from our writing prize.  These are now available to purchase on the Story Factory bookshop via the link in our bio.
Join us online next Tuesday 26 July at 4.30pm for a very special announcement of the winners of our writing prize and launch of our 10th anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory!  You can pre order your copies today via the link in our bio!

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

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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

Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day. This year's theme is 'My Dreaming, My Future'.  At Story Factory we believe in the power of storytelling and we are so privileged to work with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who carry with them the stories of their family, culture and Country. Today is a day to celebrate these young people and acknowledge the importance of elevating their voices and the stories they tell.
We were so excited to welcome young writers from across the country into our Parramatta Centre on Tuesday for the announcement of the winners of our writing prize!  Congratulations to all the shortlisted young writers and to everyone who submitted their writing. There were 154 submissions overall and the judges were extremely impressed by the high quality of the writing. Twelve pieces were shortlisted in four different age categories and have been published in the special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory. Two pieces were chosen as the overall winners of the competition as well as winners in each of the four age categories.  The entries ranged from the story of a waffle gaining consciousness, to the imagined voices of flowers and trees, to powerful reflections on grief. This competition aimed to celebrate the voices of young people who aren’t heard loudly enough and we are delighted to publish them in our 10th anniversary anthology and share their voices with the world!  You can see the full list of winners and buy your copies of the anthology via the link in our bio.
Don't forget to join us on Facebook live at 4.30pm today for the very special announcement of the winners of the Story Factory 10th Anniversary Writing Prize and the launch of our special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory.  This two-volume publication - one for younger readers and one for older readers - brings together some of our favourite bits of writing from our first decade, including all the winning and shortlisted entries from our writing prize.  These are now available to purchase on the Story Factory bookshop via the link in our bio.
Join us online next Tuesday 26 July at 4.30pm for a very special announcement of the winners of our writing prize and launch of our 10th anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory!  You can pre order your copies today via the link in our bio!