Update- The contest has closed for submissions. We will be selecting the winner, thank you for your stories and for your support.
My story of truly hearing music for the first time ever has spread across the internet and I can’t help but wonder what other life-changing stories are out there waiting to be heard.
Phonak and Artofthestory are excited to announce a brand new contest for those who have stories related to hearing loss. We love the beauty of a good story so the rules are quite simple- write your story about hearing loss and keep it under 500 words. No entry free, contest is open to anyone in the USA or Canada.
We will be producing a short film based on the winning story, also the winner of the contest will receive $25,000.
Good luck and happy writing.
Email submissions to Phonakcontest@gmail.com
Click here for the full contest rules… Below is a FAQ for more details-
1. What is the ArtOfTheStory.com & Phonak Healthy Hearing Contest?
Beginning December 11, those with inspiring, life-changing stories about hearing loss can go to ArtOfTheStory.com and share their story for the chance to have it produced into a short film, which will be featured on Phonak.com and ArtOfTheStory.com. Additionally, the winner will receive a $25,000 prize from Phonak.
2. Who is Austin Chapman?
Austin Chapman is a movie producer who was born profoundly deaf. In August, 2012, he was fitted with a Phonak hearing aid that allowed him to hear clearly and understand music for the first time. He took his story to the internet, where more than 14,000 people commented on it and it caught the attention of international news media. Phonak recognizes that many people have stories similar to Austin, and the hope is that the contest will motivate even more people to seek a hearing solution for themselves.
3. How do people enter the contest?
Type your submission of a true life story about hearing loss and email it to Phonakcontest@gmail.com. If a third party is included in your story, the third party must give you written consent to include their information in your submission. All Official Rules are posted on the site.
5. What type of hearing aid allowed Austin Chapman to hear for the first time?
Austin Chapman was fitted with a Phonak Naida XI that allowed him to hear for the first time.
6. Do I have to wear Phonak hearing aids to enter the contest?
No, anyone with an inspiring story about hearing loss is eligible to enter the contest.
1. Where will people be able to read my story submission?
Submissions will be posted on ArtOfTheStory.com and Phonak.com as part of the contest.
2. How many times can I enter the contest?
Contest entries are limited to one per person.
3. Can I enter the contest if I don’t have an email address?
All contest entrants must have a valid email address.
4. Is there an age restriction for contest eligibility?
Yes, all contestants must be 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry.
5. Are employees and family members of employees of Phonak and/or ArtOfTheStory.com eligible for entry?
No, employees and family members of employees of Phonak and ArtOfTheStory.com are not eligible for entry.
6. Do I give up the rights to my story by entering the contest?
Yes, contest entrants grant ArtOfTheStory.com and Phonak the rights to their stories, and entrants will not be paid royalties for the use of their story.
7. What is the contest prize?
The winning story will be chosen by Austin Chapman and a panel of judges and produced into a short film. Additionally, the winner will received a $25,000 prize from Phonak. The winning video will be featured on Phonak.com and ArtOfTheStory.com.
8. Do I have to purchase a Phonak product in order to enter the contest?
No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. Simply upload your inspiring hearing-loss story to ArtOfTheStory.com.
9. Does purchasing a Phonak product improve my chances of winning?
No, Purchasing a Phonak product will have no weight on the decision of the winning story. The contest winner will be chosen by a panel of judges based on the following criteria, and the highest scoring entry will be awarded the Grand Prize:
How compelling the story is (20 points)
How it communicates a need to address hearing health (20 points)
How positive/uplifting the story is (20 points)
10. What happens in the event of a tie?
The tie will be broken in favor of the submission with the higher score for “how compelling the story is”.
11. Is the Grand Prize transferrable or able to be substituted for cash redemption?
No, the Grand Prize is non-transferrable and not able to be substituted for cash redemption.
12. When will the winner be notified?
The winner will be notified by 3/15/13. If the winner is unable to be contacted within five days, or if that person waives the right to a prize, the person with the next highest score will be contacted.
13. I live outside the United States – am I eligible to enter the contest?
The contest may only be entered in or from the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry.
14. Can Phonak cancel the contest?
Yes, Phonak reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest if an insufficient number of entries are received that meet the minimum judging criteria.
15. Can Phonak remove my submission from the website?
Yes, Phonak reserves the right to remove any submission that does not conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions of the contest.
16. What are the Guidelines and Restrictions of the contest?
The Guidelines and Restrictions are as follows for each submission:
Must not exceed 500 words in length (no character limitation)
Must be in English
Must not contain material that violates or infringes any rights of any other party
Must not disparage Phonak, Austin Chapman or ArtOfTheStory.com
Must not contain any inappropriate material
Must not contain hateful material
Must not contain unlawful material
Must not contain any personal information except for the entrant’s first name