Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dime Shorts - A Warning

New flash fiction markets aren't always easy to find so I was happy to see Dime Shorts listed on Duotrope's twitter feed this morning.  Until I read their Submissions Agreement.  It was point #2 that made me decide to post a warning.

2. In exchange for our providing you with this platform for expression and with potential exposure to users of the Site, all of which you agree is valuable consideration, you grant us a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, publish, reproduce, modify, adapt, license, sublicense, distribute, sell, perform, translate, and display the Content (including any drawings, images, sounds, video recordings, or other data embedded in the Content and including adaptations or derivative works based on the Content) for any purpose and in any manner or medium (now existing or hereafter developed) (the “Rights”). All Rights granted to us pursuant to this Agreement are irrevocable and vest immediately upon publication of your Content at You will retain ownership of the copyright in your Content, subject to the rights granted to us in this Agreement.

Yep, another one of those sites that pays you nothing yet retains the right to sell your work without paying you for the privilege.  Be careful out there, my friends, and always, always read the fine print. 


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Good advice! As they say, always read the fine print before signing.
Sometimes no publication is better than giving up rights to work forever for no real consideration.
You never know when a real opportunity for the work will be presented.

sandra seamans said...

Yes, what bothers me most about something like this is that they can take all the submissions and combine them into an ebook or even a print anthology and sell it without compensating the author. One of the drawbacks of epublishing for an author.

Travis Richardson said...

Good catch Sandra!