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

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

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/