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

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/
This year we worked with Year 5 and 6 students in four Western Sydney schools exploring the feathered beauty of some truly incredible birds.  Students investigated themes such as community, displacement, and environmental change – under the all-seeing gaze of the magnificent, mysterious (and occasionally menacing!) birdlife of the world (as well as our storytellers).  These stories have now been brought magnificently to life for the world to enjoy in both film and book form! Check out our first story below, and view the full thrilling tale on our website.  MARVELLOUS BIRDS - A STORY FACTORY BIG PROJECT:
tinyurl.com/57wfadts  #marvellousbirds #storyfactory
Celebrate the end of lockdown by walking past our Redfern headquarters one evening this week, and drink in the beauty of our #artwritelight installation.  Combining the artwork of @blakdouglas and the writing of Western Sydney school students, this exhibition is a celebration of creativity in an especially challenging year.  On after dark until 9 November, make sure to scan the QR codes to hear the stories written by each talented student!
This World Teacher's Day we want to give an extra-special shout out to the teachers who for the last two years have gone above and beyond in truly moving and spectacular ways.  Like the teachers at @holroydhighschool who, with a student body of up to 90% of students for whom English is an additional language, and 50% of whom are refugees, had to work extra hard to ensure their students stayed connected and supported.  Initiatives like calling every student every week, sending attendance and praise letters home every week, sending regular student surveys to check in how students are going and if the teachers are keeping their attention, ensuring their lessons are strong visually and completely remodelled in order to manage a limited bandwidth, and creating programs especially designed to be fun and engaging (like ours!) all had a wonderful success rate - with 90% student attendance at Holroyd during lockdown.  We want to publicly salute these teachers - and all the teachers like them - who gave so much during unprecedented times to keep students safe, supported and learning.  Thank you teachers!!  #WorldTeachersDay

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

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Stories from this Program

Being Perfect by Shaba

By Shaba, Year 6

Queen Hanako and King Takeo had 3 daughters Yumi (22), Hideko (18) and Etsuko (16). But one of them has turned against their whole family. Leaving the Youngest to blame...

Trying to make it to the party by Asha

By Asha, Year 6

Chapter 1 I woke up in bed with a big smile on my face, hoping that today is going to be a good day. Until I heard a fart from...

Global Warming by Dennis

By Dennis, Year 8

In the Summer, Crack Bang Sizzle The fire is burning around me The fire burns and burns my favourite tree I then wonder why Why does everyone have to die...

My Tongan Holiday by Dennis

By Dennis, Year 8

Beep beep beep my heart is on a race track as my alarm goes off at 6 am in the morning. Bright and early this is the day that I...

Sustainability by Tim

By Tim, Year 6

Hi, today I will show you how to live more sustainably. Sustainability means meeting our own needs without needing the ability of future generations. There are ways for families to...

Tick Tick Time by Silvana

By Silvana, Year 8

Hear the ticks and the tocks of the clocks It’s always ticking it’s always tocking it never ever stops It’s goes on and on and on   It’s valuable it’s...

Bullying by Bodhi

By Bodhi, Year 8

Being bullied during your youth can affect how you interact with others, how you look and act physically, what you are represented as verbally, how you can be damaged socially,...

School by Bodhi

By Bodhi, Year 8

Searching through thousand page dictionaries looking for that one special word Clapping and applauding I hear whilst receiving my award Hurrying out the door, making sure not to miss a...

Friend by Bodhi

By Bodhi, Year 8

Fiery relationships, yelling at one another, to laughing till you can’t breathe, to surfing and psyching each other up Really wishing not all of them were over hyper and can’t...

Surfing by Bodhi

By Bodhi, Year 8

Splashing around in the heavy shores, getting dumped and glassing barrels Using the crystal clear ocean as a playground and a getaway from the real world to another dimension  Riding...

The Beautiful Game by Ethan

By Ethan, Year 8

They call it the beautiful game Like Pele and Messi in the hall of fame. My muddy boots on the moist green grass. The pride, the passion As I press,...

Family by Dennis

By Dennis, Year 8

Family to keep with loyalty, Over any currency, Family by my side, Love them with them with my heart, Play with them outside, Oh my love is sharp, Sibling at...

The Sharp Knife by Dennis

By Dennis, Year 8

John spire had always loved vast surry hills with its outrageous, obedient oceans. It was a place where he felt lonely. He was a brutal, admirable, orange juice drinker with...

The Dark Shadow by Charbel

By Charbel, Year 5

I wake up to a beautiful summers’ morning, birds tweeting on twitter, the clock ticking, everything is perfect. I then realise, the clock ticking… was not the clock. There was...

Untitled by James

By James, Year 8

We all make mistakes, Have struggles, and Even things In your pass. But you are not  Your mistakes, you Are not your struggles, And you are here now with  The...

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

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/
This year we worked with Year 5 and 6 students in four Western Sydney schools exploring the feathered beauty of some truly incredible birds.  Students investigated themes such as community, displacement, and environmental change – under the all-seeing gaze of the magnificent, mysterious (and occasionally menacing!) birdlife of the world (as well as our storytellers).  These stories have now been brought magnificently to life for the world to enjoy in both film and book form! Check out our first story below, and view the full thrilling tale on our website.  MARVELLOUS BIRDS - A STORY FACTORY BIG PROJECT:
tinyurl.com/57wfadts  #marvellousbirds #storyfactory
Celebrate the end of lockdown by walking past our Redfern headquarters one evening this week, and drink in the beauty of our #artwritelight installation.  Combining the artwork of @blakdouglas and the writing of Western Sydney school students, this exhibition is a celebration of creativity in an especially challenging year.  On after dark until 9 November, make sure to scan the QR codes to hear the stories written by each talented student!
This World Teacher's Day we want to give an extra-special shout out to the teachers who for the last two years have gone above and beyond in truly moving and spectacular ways.  Like the teachers at @holroydhighschool who, with a student body of up to 90% of students for whom English is an additional language, and 50% of whom are refugees, had to work extra hard to ensure their students stayed connected and supported.  Initiatives like calling every student every week, sending attendance and praise letters home every week, sending regular student surveys to check in how students are going and if the teachers are keeping their attention, ensuring their lessons are strong visually and completely remodelled in order to manage a limited bandwidth, and creating programs especially designed to be fun and engaging (like ours!) all had a wonderful success rate - with 90% student attendance at Holroyd during lockdown.  We want to publicly salute these teachers - and all the teachers like them - who gave so much during unprecedented times to keep students safe, supported and learning.  Thank you teachers!!  #WorldTeachersDay