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

Miri and Sarah by Sama

By Sama, Year 6

Miri is a girl that has problems with her legs and she can’t walk. That’s why her classmate Sarah always treats her badly. She always says “no one likes you...

The Annoying Friend by Mina

By Mina, Year 4

One day there was a girl called  Riley in school. She always gets mad for everything and acts like a popular rude girl at school. She always kind of lies...

Scapegoat by Khushbakht

By Khushbakht, Year 8

Scapegoats an outcast, Scapegoat rises in their failures,  Scapegoat drowns in their touch, Scapegoat craves no attention, “Is it worth it?”   Scapegoat’s acts unbothered, Taking the blame, Saying his...

Parting Clouds by Daniyaal

Year 12

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...

Life With Sisters by Ayrlie

By Ayrlie, Year 6

Chapter one  The riverside One day a young girl called Amy was asleep in her nice comfortable bed having an amazing dream. As dark turned into light and started to...

The Jungle

By Hashem, Year 7

There was a boy whose name was Dan, Dan loved the wild and liked to go hunting every weekend with his uncle Samuel. Last weekend Dan got ready to go...

EN GARDE by Lauren

By Lauren, Year 10

Upon a vast, barren field woven with forest roots was a rusted gate floating helplessly in the middle of a barren field. Blocking civilisation from what? Its gangling structure looms...

Vaccines by Dünya

By Dunya, Year 6

 A vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually given through needle...

Nia: Chapter 1 by Anhaar

By Anhaar, Year 9

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

SPEECH: sexual abuse + inequality against women by Remy

By Remy, Year 10

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

ENDLESS VOID

By Lauren, Year 10

Unveiling the enchanting masterpiece,  acting as everlasting protection for species of all. Blissful tears stream down her angelic face Like cascading waterfalls.  The wind, as an orchestral conductor,  sends great...

The Weird Dream by Sama

By Sama, Year 6

One day a girl called Sandy woke up in a huge forest. She had no idea why she was there. She started shouting for help but no one responded, she...

Dogs are better than cats by Yousef

By Yousef, Year 4

I believe that dogs are better than cats because dogs make you happy and relaxed and when you are sad they will cheer you up. Dogs protect you from danger....

Cuttlefish by Dünya

By Dunya, Year 6

Cuttlefish are intelligent invertebrates (animals without backbones) that live in seas and oceans. Like their closest cousins, octopuses and squid, they are molluscs. I found Cuttlefish very interesting to write...

Where Did Ginger Go by Dünya

By Dunya, Year 6

I was called to the scene of a crime by a devastated young lady. All I could hear over the phone were sobs of sadness. This young lady said that...

@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/