Write for Volta Voices

Overview

Volta Voices welcomes submissions from both AG Bell members and non-members. The magazine is published quarterly.

Audience

The Volta Voices audience consists of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and professionals in fields related to hearing loss (audiology, psychology, otology, social services, education).

Editorial Policy

The communications department reserves the right to edit accepted submissions to fit the style, tone and available print space of Volta Voices. Articles are selected on a space-available and relevancy basis; submission of materials is not a guarantee of use.

Subjects of Interest

  • Technology – related to hearing loss, new technology, improvements to or problems with existing technology, or how people are using existing technology and accommodations.
  • Education – relating to public or private schools through post-secondary education, new approaches and teaching methods, legal implications, and issues, etc.
  • Advocacy – information on legislation, hearing health, special or mainstream education, and accessibility.
  • Health – audiology issues related to children or adults with hearing loss and/or their families and friends.
  • Action – stories about people with hearing loss who use spoken language as their primary mode of communication; deafness need not be the focal point of the article.

Feature Articles

Feature articles are 1,000 to 1,200 words in length. Articles should be outcome-oriented and should provide specific facts backed by references, current resources and/or measurable results.

The following are types of manuscripts we most often receive that do not fit our publication needs:

  • Scholary works more suitable for an academic journal. To submit this type of work to The Volta Review, click here.
  • Articles that are overly general and lack action steps.
  • Articles that promote or advertise a specific product or service.
  • Articles that focus solely on visual communication and do not provide information about listening and spoken language outcomes.

Interested authors should submit their story idea to the editor for review, discussion and instruction. Accepted articles will be edited for content and/or length as needed and are reviewed by authors for accuracy prior to printing. Click here to submit an article or story idea.

SoundBites

Help keep AG Bell members in the know by submitting information to the SoundBites section:

  • Calendar of Events - up to 50 words
  • Chapter/ SIG Updates - up to 150 words 
  • Names in the News - up to 100 words
  • In Memoriam - up to 100 words

Relevant photos may be submitted with text for consideration. See the Artwork section for file and format requirements.

Submissions will be reviewed for content and timeliness. Accepted submissions will be edited for content and/or length as needed. Submit

Hear Our Voices

In the Hear Our Voices section, children up to age 21 with hearing loss are encouraged to submit their short stories, personal narratives or poems for publication. This section highlights the creativity of children and young adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. Length should be no more than 700 words.  Submit

Artwork

Text submissions can include relevant visual aids such as photographs, illustrations or diagrams as space allows. The requested format for artwork is digital. Hard copies can be submitted but may not be usable and will be returned only upon request. Any artwork must be sent at the time text is submitted; submission of artwork is not a guarantee of use. Requirements for artwork are as follows: 

  • File Format - Digital files must be in .jpg, .tif, or .eps formats at a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. No .bmp or .gif files or files at lower or web resolutions can be accepted.
  • Captions/Credits - Captions that include first+last names, relevant titles/affiliations, location/setting/occasion, and date, along with photographer or source credits, must accompany all artwork to be considered for use.
  • Release Form - A signed AG Bell Photo Release Form is required for artwork selected for printing. Download.

Transfer of Copyright

The revised copyright law, which went into effect in January 1978, provides that, from the time a manuscript is written, statutory copyright is vested with the author(s). This copyright can be transferred only by written agreement. Without copyright ownership, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing cannot issue or disseminate reprints, authorize copying by individuals and libraries, or authorize indexing and abstracting services to use material from the magazine. Therefore, all authors whose articles have been accepted for publication in Volta Voices are requested to transfer copyright of their articles to AG Bell before the articles are published. Download.

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