But It’s Mine!

February 8, 2010 · 3 comments

This was asked in the comments section of the Book of Mormon short story contest info post.

A newbie question: When you say the author retains the copyright, does that imply I should copyright it before I submit?

Your work is copyrighted the minute you set it in tangible and/or readable format, whether you type it into your computer or write it longhand on the back of a napkin. You don’t need to do anything more.

What that reference in the info post means is that I won’t assume copyright ownership of the piece. It will remain yours forever.

And speaking of the contest, TWO* more weeks to submit your story!

*Oops. When I wrote this, it was three weeks, and then I changed the post date and forgot to change the reminder date. Yes, deadline is Feb. 19th.

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Melanie Goldmund February 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

Three more weeks to submit? I thought the stories were due on the 19th, which would give us only eleven days! Which reminds me, I must get cracking!

Susan February 8, 2010 at 7:53 am

That three weeks comment stressed me out. Thanks for pointing that out, Melanie. Can't wait to read what everybody wrote.

Angie February 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

I'm looking forward to reading the contest entries. Thanks for the copyright tip. That's something I wondered about too way back (in the Jurassic period) when I started writing.

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