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If you’d like to write a short story for our website, we’d love to hear from you. Your work could be an important part of helping someone with hearing loss to develop vital lipreading skills, to communicate more easily in a hearing world.


What is Lipreading?

Lipreading is a communication technique for people with hearing loss. It’s the ability to recognise the lip shapes, gestures and facial expressions of a person while they are speaking, so as to gain a better understanding of what they are saying. Lipreading takes skill and concentration, as well as plenty of practice. Some people develop their own lipreading ability as their hearing deteriorates but many others struggle without formal tuition and practice opportunities.

Why write for ‘Stories for Lipreading’?

There are lipreading classes available but people with hearing loss cannot always easily access them for a variety of reasons. Even for those attending classes, there are few opportunities to practise other than in the hurly-burly of everyday life, which can be intimidating. ‘Stories for Lipreading’ is a way for those with some lipreading experience to develop their skills through the enjoyment of a narrative.

We hope that films of your stories will give those with hearing loss the opportunity and motivation to practise lipreading at their own pace. Hearing loss is often accompanied by other health problems resulting in loss of mobility, isolation and depression, so your writing could provide a stimulus for the housebound as well as being a vital tool for those wanting to improve communication with their friends and families, or in the workplace.

 Guidelines for ‘Stories for Lipreading’ authors.

Even if you’re an experienced writer, writing for lipreading has some special requirements. Lipreading is challenging at the best of times: we don’t want to make it impossible!  So, below are a few guidelines as to what we will look for in a successful ‘Story for Lipreading’. Please have a look, to give your story the best chance of being selected for our website, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.


We require:

Copyright

You must possess the copyright of any story that you submit to us. We are happy to receive work that has been previously published, self-published or entered for competitions, as well as unpublished work, as long as you still have the copyright to your story – and therefore the right to offer it to us for publication, both in the form of video films and Word/ PDF documents.

If you submit your work to us, but later need to withdraw it so that you can offer it for publication elsewhere, we will do our best to help you with this by removing your work from our website as soon as possible – but please be aware that there may be some delay in processing this. Due to the nature of online publication, we are unable to guarantee protection of your work from plagiarism once it has appeared on our website.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for Writers document for more details.

Your reward.

‘Stories for Lipreading’ is run by volunteers to provide a free lipreading resource for those who need it most. Therefore, unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer you a financial reward – but we very much hope that the rewards below will be enough to entice you to share your gifts and help people with hearing loss all over the world.

How to submit your story