Should my son publish original work on TeenInk.com?
- September 5, 2011 @ 6:18pmmargaret.mccabe says:My high school aged son is enjoying publishing his poems on TeenInk.com. He appreciates the feedback and enthusiastic responses he has received. However, he is concerned about the future ramifications of agreeing to the following:
All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your
work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates and
licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format,
including all print, electronic and online media. Teen Ink may edit or
abridge your work at its sole discretion. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the
Young Authors Foundation, Inc. However, all individual contributors to Teen
Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication
elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so.
Imagining that my son may want to publish (some form) of his poems in the future, would you advise him to continue submitting work under this agreement?
- September 6, 2011 @ 12:26pmJanetCroft says:It's not the best contract in the world, but it does give him the right to submit his work elsewhere. If it were me, I'd prefer to own my own copyright, but this isn't as bad as it could be, since he still has that right.
- September 16, 2011 @ 6:54pmFreya Anderson says:One thing that your son might want to consider if he thinks he might want to publish these items formally in the future, is that many publishers won't publish items previously published elsewhere, even though this contract appears to allow it.
- September 29, 2011 @ 5:16ammargaret.mccabe says:Thanks Janet and Fraya.
My son has decided not to upload his best pieces to TeenInk.com and instead uses this site for feedback on draft-ideas and to make contact with other young writers. I appreciate the cautionary advice you offered. If anyone has more to add, thanks in advance.
- September 29, 2011 @ 1:21pmJanetCroft says:Glad we could help! That sounds like a good decision.
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