When you move into your teens, lightning strikes and it isn’t always good. The transition into adulthood makes the world complex and challenging, but also fills it with new and unimagined joys.
Over the last 10 years, Story Factory has supported young authors to write about their obsessions, speculations and hopes. Here is the best of their work, including the winners of our 10th Anniversary Writing Prize.
This anthology captures the complexity of the teen years. There are poems exploring identity and friendship, prose pieces that discover new jewels in the everyday, and stories that drop visitors from imagined galaxies into the alley behind your local cinema.
The pieces in this collection are generous. They share what these young writers know about their world, inviting readers into a universe where introspection is combined with unexpected adventure, playful fantasy, and the gritty realities of teen life.
The writing in this collection is brave enough to look directly at the modern world, and imagine worlds beyond.