Contributor Assignment of Rights Agreement – Young Writers Project
Welcome to the Young Writers Project!
We are pleased you are contributing work to the Young Writers Project as a writer, visual artist, photographer, musician, filmmaker or dramatist. We have one simple rule for behavior on this site: Be civil and respectful. That includes the tone of your comments, the content of your work and the way you interact. This site prides itself on this exemplary digital behavior.
Since we are an independent, non-profit organization, we must establish clear legal ownership to ensure we have the rights to publish the works being submitted and to authorize publication of the works in other publications in any format. Our aim, after all, is to have as many people as possible see the work submitted to the Young Writers Project.
While the legal language might be off-putting, it is important for you to read this entire agreement and understand that by the act of submitting you are agreeing to its terms which, in essence, grant to the Young Writers Project Inc. rights to the material submitted.
HOWEVER, and this is IMPORTANT, while Young Writers Project Inc. retains copyrights to the work being submitted, authors of the work automatically are REASSIGNED all commercial rights to their pieces of work in order to republish or reuse their works in perpetuity without any expectation or obligation to notify Young Writers Project, acknowledge Young Writers Project, credit Young Writers Project or recompense Young Writers Project.
In plainer English, YWP retains copyrights to publish your work but you retain the commercial copyrights to do anything you wish with your piece forever.
If you have questions, contact: Young Writers Project, Inc., Executive Director Geoffrey Gevalt, by clicking here, or by writing him at Geoffrey Gevalt, Young Writers Project Inc, 47 Maple Street, Suite 106, Burlington, Vt., 05401 or phone 802-324-9537
By submitting this work to Young Writers Project Inc. you are hereby granting your consent and agreement to the following:
The Young Writers Project irrevocably owns rights, title and interest to the work submitted to the Young Writers Project in perpetuity and throughout the world;
These rights include, but are not limited to: the right to publish or license others to publish the work in full, in part, in summarized, altered, or excerpted versions, and with updates, at any time in hard copy, on the Internet, via television or radio broadcast, in hard-copy or electronic reprints, in hard-copy or electronic bulletins or anthologies, or in a computer-accessed databases, information retrieval systems or other archives, including on CD or DVD, or in or using any other media existing now or to be devised hereafter, all with no payment to the author;
The Young Writers may edit the work to conform with its size, format, style, or other requirements. You also agree to cooperate with the Young Writers Project in verifying the work, responding to questions about the work and in responding to any complaints, claims or litigation that may arise regarding the work;
You are not an employee of the Young Writers Project.
Further, you warrant that, to the best of your knowledge:
That the author/creator of the work being submitted is the sole creator of the work, that the work is original, free of plagiarism and not previously published elsewhere in whole or in part;
The rights to the work have not previously assigned, transferred, encumbered or conveyed such rights; and
Reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the work does not defame, libel, slander, violate rights of privacy or infringe the copyright, proprietary rights or any other rights of any third party.
In turn, Young Writers Project, Inc., automatically assigns back to the author, creator of work posted here the full COMMERCIAL rights to the work(s) in perpetuity, meaning the author/creator can reuse, republish, sell, assign rights to others for purposes of publication or any potential use free of any obligation to Young Writers Project, Inc., including, but not limited to, notification, acknowledgment, credit or recompense to Young Writers Project, Inc.
If you have any questions about this agreement, do not hesitate to contact Geoffrey Gevalt, executive director of Young Writers Project, Inc.
YWP reserves the right to contact you to a) verify that what you have sent is yours, b) to notify you when work has been selected for publication or in connection with any award that might be given for your work and c) to contact you, from time to time, to update you regarding the Young Writers Project.
You may, at any time, notify Geoffrey Gevalt either by phone (802-324-9537) or by e-mail to request that you not receive updates.
Please also understand that you must be 13 years old or over and from Vermont or New Hampshire to register for this site. If you are under 13, you must have a parent sign a parental consent form which can be found at this location: http://youngwritersproject.org/permission. This form must be sent to Young Writers Project Inc., 47 Maple Street, #106, Burlington VT, 05401.
Click here if you have read and agree to terms and are ready to submit.