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

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By Mina

One day there was a monster called Jacob. He was so kind to all of the people. He used to not have any friends.

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By Maron

There is a big blue robot and he is very tall. He fights bad people in Sydney. The night at the Opera House, a good person who is 38 years old was just walking.

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By Awsam

Hi. I am Awsam. I go to the park. It was a big park and I play and play with my bike and with my sister and I play with my dad and mum too. And play running and run with my bike too.

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By Fidel

In the park, I play soccer with my dad. The park is big; it’s like huge. It has somewhere to play slides, swings and more fun things to play with. The park is in Smithfield. It’s near my school.

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By Violet

I go to St Gertrude Primary School. My favourite thing to do is to play with my friends. We play fun games. My favourite game is the floor is lava. Sometimes me and my friends tell funny stories.

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By Anela

One day, I was playing on my iPad, but then someone sends me a message and the message said, “Can you help me please?”.

Ghost Boy

By Georgia, Year 6

Pierce was a rather quiet, mysterious boy, he was pale with gorgeous olive eyes, his long brown hair covered them though. Yet, he disappeared and reappeared in the flash of an eye...

WHAT MATTERS?

By Lauren, Year 10

The content below contains mature themes. If you have any concerns or if you are below 12 years of age please do not continue reading. If you are above 12 years of age and wish to continue reading, please scroll down the page.

Ice-cream: Frozen Explosion

By Lauren, Year 10

My eyes glistened under the typical scorching sun, on a typical summer’s day, amongst a typical family. Although my insatiable crave for the ‘Frozen Explosion’ was certainly, uncontrollable.

freedom?

By Lauren, Year 10

The fleeting thought of eternal freedom never failed to disrupt the crooked women, trapped in a cage built by herself. Restrained by the laws of marriage and societal norms with her 60 year old husband, she lays paralysed on her own bed, only watching the hours tick by before her husband comes home.

Are We Here Yet?

By Lauren, Year 10

The serenity of such an atmosphere continued to play a soft melody, soothing the two into an unworldly state of consciousness. The vast endless ocean of harmonious oranges, reds and pinks swirled together to unveil new land.

bubble tea

By Lauren, Year 10

I slowly transition my youthful eyes to the long line of customers, leading up to my second house, my one and only place, my home.

Students Should Not Wear School Uniforms

By John, Year 5

Would you make students wear uncomfortable, annoying school uniforms? Well let me tell you that in my opinion students should never wear school uniforms! I have listed 3 things that list why you should not wear school uniforms.

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By Susan

One day, there was a prince walking in the forest. Suddenly he met a poor girl. Her name was Lala. He asked her to come with him to work like maids. Lala went with the prince.

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By Mirna

One day, I was sitting in the park. I just got bored and thought that I could have a little bit of walking. So I went somewhere so weird. I found a really interesting door. So I went through it. I was so shocked.

@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!