But It's Mine!

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.


Melanie Goldmund said...

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 said...

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

Angie said...

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.