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

Cats in the Mansion by Jemma

By Jemma, Year 6

One Day there was a ragdoll cat named Rachel. She lived in a big mansion! Her owners were lovely and nice, but one day they got a male cat named...

Untitled by Henry

By Henry, Year 9

In the beginning, the only thing in the whole galaxy was just an empty black void. The first primordial god was Chaos – a murky mist made up of all...

Medieval Life by Alex

By Alex, Year 9

Denos lived in the late 1400’s as a blacksmith apprentice working every day to make money for his family, it was a horrific time to live. Everything was different, it...

Untitled by Zakaria

By Zakaria, Year 10

“What just happened, where did everybody go.” he looks around and tries to piece up what just happened, Then it hits him hard on the face like a bug getting...

Young Breezy by Francis

By Francis, Year 10

Early morning, the sky was shining, I found a key made of gold on my room door. It had an attractive part that was shaped like a “K”. I shoved...

The Shadow’s On My Wall by Georgia

By Georgia, Year 5

Chapter 1 The closet. “T-the curtains swayed letting the glistening moon shine into my room, I-I awoke noticing a sh-shadow slowly fade into my closet,” Stumbled Lia facing Mia with...

The Missing Socks by Jamara

By Jamara, Year 5

Once upon time there was 1 pair of socks on an old stinky rotten foot. One day they got washed. But when they were washed an old man opened the...

TRANSCENDENCE by Lauren

By Lauren, Year 10

amidst the tranquil sea,  through the dim forested trees,  over the fringe where the rocky mountain ranges are,  lies a  tall ugly  weed from afar.   a weed with extending...

PITTER PATTER by Lauren

By Lauren, Year 10

“HEY COME BACK!”  His whimpering cries mimicked the increasingly tempestuous rain as the bitterness of his face slowly etched into a desolate, wavering frown. I slightly tilted my head, squinting...

My Nightmare Dress by Nancy

By Nancy, Year 7

Once a lady was lying down in her comfortable bed and then she remembered a very embarrassing moment which was when she was in a wedding and she and another...

Broken by Mya

By Mya, Year 10

She broke me She didn’t even have to touch me Her weapons were words, sharpened with cruelty  Like a knife, her cuts stung Like a trained assassin, she knew where...

The girl that never wore red by Natalie

By Natalie, Year 6

Once there lived a girl named Kathy, who wore all sorts of colours besides red. Kathy never once in her life wore red. People thought it might be genetics but...

the sanctuary of tomorrow by Rumaysa

By Rumaysa, Stage 4

so gentle it seemed, and if there was a time for peace as soft and light as cotton ‘twas now  when the sunlight split the thick dark clouds and time...

Why children must do house work

By Chioma, Year 5

Parents, do you think your children are starting to be lazy? Well an easy suggestion to that is to make your child HAVE to do housework. Studies say that 94%...

The Secret by Chioma

By Chioma, Year 5

RIIIIING! My alarm rang. It was 12am straight so I wondered what was going on. When I tried to get out of my bed, all of a sudden, my floors...

@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!