Even though you find frequently information about writing contests on this blog:
Before you enter any competitions / writing contests carefully read their terms before signing up and submitting your manuscript. I just stumpled over these paragraphs in one of the contests when I was about to add to my blog:
Competition entries and material submitted in connection with any competition (whether written, audio, electronic or visual form, or a combination of those) or any photographs, video and/or film footage and/or audio recording taken of competitors are assigned to …… upon submission and become the property of ….company……. which may use the material in any medium in any reasonable manner it sees fit. Copyright in any such material remains the sole property of ……company…………. All such entries and material remain the property of ……company………….. (subject to the limits contained in the Privacy Statement). Each entrant warrants that he or she owns the copyright and any other intellectual property rights in any such material submitted in connection with any competition and has full power and authority to agree to and grant the above assignment, consents and other rights to ……………
Doesn’t it sound they can publish and make money with your manuscript??? Even though this can be challenged in legal procedures, avoid any headache from the beginning or ask for clarification in writing before you sign up.
If you know of any other terms in contests or author’s contracts – please feel free to send a guest blog in order to help all authors “to beware”.