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

Thank you Annabel Crabb, Leigh Sales and the amazing Chatter community!  Proceeds from your ticket purchases from the Friday and Saturday of the Chat 10, Looks 3 Sydney live shows will support amazing young people in Western Sydney to write brighter futures in our fun and engaging creative writing workshops, building confidence and literacy at a critical time. Thank you!  📷 Jacquie Manning
We are thrilled to welcome our new deputy chair, Ali Green, and our new chair, Gemma Salteri!  Our founding chair, Michael Gonski, is stepping down at the end of this month and from the bottom our hearts we want to acknowledge his amazing contribution to Story Factory over the last 10 years. We wouldn’t be where we are without him – thank you.  Ali is co-founder and CEO of Pantera Press, a leading independent publisher, who was named one of Australia’s 100 most influential women by the The Australian Financial Review and was a 2019 and 2020 Sydney Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  Gemma was Philanthropy Australia’s Emerging Philanthropist of the Year in 2016. She is Executive Director of the CAGES Foundation, which won Philanthropy Australia’s inaugural Indigenous Philanthropy Award last year.  We know Story Factory is in very safe hands, and thank Ali and Gemma sincerely for taking on these roles.
Last year, we worked with more than 7,000 young people in Western Sydney, helping them to find and share their voices and keeping them engaged in writing and learning.  This year we want to reach even more! Donate now to our Writing Brighter Futures Appeal to help us reach an additional 1,000 more young people in Western Sydney through our life-changing creative writing programs.  Donate now via the link in our bio.
Did you know that you can now buy some Story Factory publications in select bookstores? Head down to @betterreadbookshop this weekend and grab a copy of our wonderful publication Marvellous Birds! It's the perfect gift for a young (or grown up) person in your life!

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

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Stories from this Program

My Birthday by Jaymi

By Jaymi, Year 6

I sit at the table, as it was my birthday, What a day to be happy, hip hip hooray. I see the beautiful cake, I could not wait to take...

Surviving by Tamilla

By Tamilla, Year 8

Memories  History  Traditions  The screams  The cries The hurt of the past No matter the attempts to erase us and silence us into fear,  Our culture still lives on  Our...

Narrabeen Man by Larissa

By Larissa, Year 7

The Narrabeen man was discovered in 2005. His bones were found by contractors in the suburb of Narrabeen, Sydney. These were the remains of a 4000 year old aboriginal man....

The Good Day by Ryan

By Ryan, Year 3

I was jogging down the road of Happy street. I came around the corner and saw two angry, stray dogs fighting over a piece of bread. I tried to calm...

By Felix, Year 6

That was just one day since we left the village and I’m homesick. The Minecraft game was fun, but it was too much for me. I’m still a kid you...

100 days of Minecraft: Day 2 by Felix

By Felix, Year 6

I woke to hear grunting noises in the background. I jumped to find no more than fifteen villagers staring at me. I prepared myself for the fight, but none attacked...

promise by Amerita

By Amerita, Year 10

i made it, and so i will keep it  you don’t have to doubt or regret  as i will be there in the end to show you  close your eyes...

Why doesn’t he notice me? by Kittana

By Kittana, Year 9

He never seems to notice me. He never notices the way I look at him or the way I smile when he’s around.  He never notices how I get distant...

Friends by Kittana

By Kittana, Year 9

We all live in a society where friends are important. They help you create memories, they can help you through your darkest times however my friends don’t.  They don’t understand...

Keltis’s Story and the Free Spirits by Lusiane

By Lusiane, Year 8

The content below contains mature content. If you have any concerns or if you are below 13 years of age please do not continue reading. If you are above 13 years of...

The amazingly funny true story of a glass jar named Pedro by Tahlia

By Tahlia, Year 5

One bright and sunny day there was a new shop and that shop was called Josh’s glass jar factory. Josh’s factory was making a lot of money because the jars...

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...

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

Thank you Annabel Crabb, Leigh Sales and the amazing Chatter community!  Proceeds from your ticket purchases from the Friday and Saturday of the Chat 10, Looks 3 Sydney live shows will support amazing young people in Western Sydney to write brighter futures in our fun and engaging creative writing workshops, building confidence and literacy at a critical time. Thank you!  📷 Jacquie Manning
We are thrilled to welcome our new deputy chair, Ali Green, and our new chair, Gemma Salteri!  Our founding chair, Michael Gonski, is stepping down at the end of this month and from the bottom our hearts we want to acknowledge his amazing contribution to Story Factory over the last 10 years. We wouldn’t be where we are without him – thank you.  Ali is co-founder and CEO of Pantera Press, a leading independent publisher, who was named one of Australia’s 100 most influential women by the The Australian Financial Review and was a 2019 and 2020 Sydney Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  Gemma was Philanthropy Australia’s Emerging Philanthropist of the Year in 2016. She is Executive Director of the CAGES Foundation, which won Philanthropy Australia’s inaugural Indigenous Philanthropy Award last year.  We know Story Factory is in very safe hands, and thank Ali and Gemma sincerely for taking on these roles.
Last year, we worked with more than 7,000 young people in Western Sydney, helping them to find and share their voices and keeping them engaged in writing and learning.  This year we want to reach even more! Donate now to our Writing Brighter Futures Appeal to help us reach an additional 1,000 more young people in Western Sydney through our life-changing creative writing programs.  Donate now via the link in our bio.
Did you know that you can now buy some Story Factory publications in select bookstores? Head down to @betterreadbookshop this weekend and grab a copy of our wonderful publication Marvellous Birds! It's the perfect gift for a young (or grown up) person in your life!