Story Factory Publishing Guidelines

Story Factory exists to amplify and celebrate the voices of young people who are at risk of going unheard. That means students at schools in areas experiencing significant socio-economic disadvantage and/or schools with high populations of young people who are Indigenous or have English as an additional language or dialect – those most at risk of poor literacy, leaving school early, and having significantly reduced life outcomes. 

These students have a wide range of experiences, insights and talents, and sometimes choose to write about mature or unsettling content. We talk to them about these choices: about why they are making them, and who their readers might be. When, after reflecting on these questions, the students arrive at a version of their work that they feel comfortable sharing with the world, we support them to publish that work. We believe it’s crucial to listen to young people, and to support them to write the stories that matter to them.

We carefully assess each story submitted for publishing, and particularly so when those stories contain distressing content. We only ever publish writing with adult themes with warnings to ensure no one reads anything they would choose not to – like with tv or cinema.

Ultimately we believe that each student’s voice is one that can enrich us all and is worth listening to.