do i own the rights to a single short story published in a literary journal?
- Writers BlockLv 43 weeks ago
That depends on your contract. Only the publisher can tell you for sure.
- 4 weeks ago
“I know you have heard ‘thou shall not commit murder’ but I say if you are even angry at your brother without cause it is the same as murder.
- LANLv 74 weeks ago
Did you or the journal put a copyright on it?
- 4 weeks ago
Assuming you wrote the story (you didn't say), then it depends on the contract you signed with the journal. Usually you retain the copyright, but they have exclusive distribution rights for a specified amount of time - six months to a year, normally. That means you're not allowed to publish the story anywhere else in any medium for that amount of time. After that, you can do whatever you want with it.
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- Jimmy CLv 74 weeks ago
Assuming that you are the author who submitted it to them, they usually stipulate in the contract that they own the rights, so once it is published it is theirs, not yours. Read the terms.
- Pearl LLv 74 weeks ago
depends on if you published it
- oikoσLv 74 weeks ago
That depends on what you sold to the journal. Some buy all rights; others buy just the right to publish first.
- Sir CausticLv 64 weeks ago
Hell, why not go the whole hog? Write to the publishers and tell them you own the journal itself. They'll vacate the business immediately and you'll be rolling in cash in no time.
- QuentinLv 74 weeks ago
You need to read the contract that you agreed to when you sent your short story to the literary journal.