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.

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Calling all young writers!  Would you like to –
Have your work published?
Win cash prizes?
Be mentored by an amazing writer?  This year Story Factory turns 10! To mark this occasion, we’re running a competition to find the best young writers in diverse communities across Australia. Entry is open to primary and high school students, and anyone who’s ever done a Story Factory workshop.  The Story Factory 10th Anniversary Writing Prize is generously supported by UBS.  Find out more and enter now! 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/programs/writing_prize/

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

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Stories from this Program

For Harold

By Atoc, Year 11

25th of April 1915 Today holds memories that I shall never forget. Memories that will haunt me until the day I no longer exist. What I witnessed today, if I admit it, is devastating in comparison to what I expected the war to be like.

The Scent of Motherhood

By Aysha, Year 11

“Mamma, Riju baba’s crying.” “Rock her. I’m coming. Pass me the headband and stop whining, Ragi.” “Mammaaaa, Riju fell down!” Riju fell down. So I should go to her and pick her up and sing her a lullaby and whisper sweet things to her.

Times of Silence

By Amuor, Year 11

22nd of May 1915 It is silent, the guns have been dropped and the killing has stopped, but it's times like this when the silence speaks volumes. The quiet is somewhat haunting. It’s like I can hear and feel the spirits of the dead soldiers lurking about.

Soldier Boy

By Amuor, Year 11

Gallipoli, 25th of April 1915 To my dearest love Sophie, I'm writing these diary entries so if I return home and the tragedies of war are too troublesome to speak of, I can show these to you and our future kids. This is the first day of battle and the last day I'm truly myself, however my love for you will always remain.

Letter Home

By Amuor, Year 11

22nd of May 1915 Dear Mum And Dad, Words cannot explain how much I miss everyone. Not a day goes by without me thinking of you guys. Mum, I crave the taste of your cooking, especially the vegetable soup you make for me every time I get sick. The food here is not the best, it all tastes stale and hard. The only decent food is the biscuits.

Funhouse

By Jade, Year 9

Nicholas and Angelina were sitting in the lounge room on Saturday afternoon completing an assignment for class. It was not long before Nicholas’ brother, Daniel, came from upstairs and began pestering them. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Homework,” Nicholas replied bluntly.

Alone

By James, Year 9

That lonely boy in the playground all alone Instead of asking if you’re ok… you laughed at him. That lonely boy in the playground getting laughed at Instead of helping… you joined in.

Yarramundi River

By Brooklyn, Year 6

Yarramundi reminds me of the moments with my step dad, the memories when he was alive. We were out at the river at the place I like, the place I love, the place I have so many memories at.

To Save a Life

By Grace W, Year 8

I sat down on the bus, avoiding eye contact with anyone. I fingered the collar of my nurse’s uniform nervously. I was always heckled whenever I caught the bus, but with my car out of service I had no choice.

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

Calling all young writers!  Would you like to –
Have your work published?
Win cash prizes?
Be mentored by an amazing writer?  This year Story Factory turns 10! To mark this occasion, we’re running a competition to find the best young writers in diverse communities across Australia. Entry is open to primary and high school students, and anyone who’s ever done a Story Factory workshop.  The Story Factory 10th Anniversary Writing Prize is generously supported by UBS.  Find out more and enter now! 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/programs/writing_prize/