KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
“Flash isn’t a fad, it’s an art; and while I hope people can have fun with it, its pursuit should still be taken seriously.”
— Tara L. Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

Contract: Publishing Rights

By submitting work to KYSO Flash, authors and artists warrant that the work is original and has not been published elsewhere, including print and electronic venues (author websites, social sites such as FaceBook and Fictionaut, and blogs, etc.) and that no one else has reserved the rights of first publication that we are asking for.

Contributors also warrant to the best of their knowledge that submitted works do not infringe on anyone else’s copyrights, and that they do not include libelous content.

The KYSO Flash contract for original, previously unpublished works covers the following rights:

  1. Exclusive First Worldwide Electronic Rights for up to four months from date of acceptance. We ask that accepted work(s) not be published in any other medium, print or electronic (including blogs, Facebook, and author websites), during that time.

    This covers the time period from acceptance to publication (i.e., the launch date of the Issue in which the work appears), plus the one-day period after accepted works first appear at the KYSO Flash website.

    Rights to reprint works revert to the author/artist 24 hours (one day) after initial date of publication here. When reprinting works first published in KYSO Flash, publishers are asked to obtain permission from the author/artist and to credit this journal for first publication. In addition, we ask that citations include the full title of the work as it appears in KYSO Flash.

  2. Non-Exclusive Internet Archival Rights for an indefinite time, in order to include published works in our online archives.

    Our publisher agrees to “stand by the works,” meaning that works in general will not be removed from our Archives, but will remain there as elements of Authors’ and Artists’ publication portfolios. Publisher agrees not to “un-publish” Works, unless they are later determined to be libelous, plagiarized, or otherwise in breach of this agreement.

  3. Non-Exclusive World Anthology Rights to reprint, in electronic and hardcopy forms, any original works first published here. Rights are retained for an indefinite time for potential ebook and hardcopy anthologies and promotional materials. This also includes the right to feature in future issues of KYSO Flash any works first published therein which also win awards such as the Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction. Although KYSO Flash does not guarantee to nominate works for such prizes and awards, authors grant permission for such nominations at our publisher’s discretion.

    Non-exclusive anthology rights mean that authors and artists may publish the works in other anthology markets beginning 24 hours (one day) after the initial date of publication in KYSO Flash.

    The KYSO Flash Anthology, in softcover form, is projected for publication each year in December. Contributors whose works are selected for reprinting in the book will receive one complimentary book as compensation.

    Each author with at least one written work published in KYSO Flash online in a calendar year will have at least one written work reprinted in the annual print anthology.

  4. Rights to nominate works for awards and prizes:

    We ask for non-exclusive rights to feature in future issues of KYSO Flash any works first published therein which also win awards such as the Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction. Although KYSO Flash does not guarantee to nominate works for such prizes and awards, authors grant permission for such nominations at our publisher’s discretion. This also includes permission for works selected for the afore-mentioned awards to be reprinted in those anthologies.

    In addition, our publisher routinely submits the current year’s KYSO Flash print anthology to the online venues Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, each of which showcases a new poem each day which they’ve selected from works that first appeared elsewhere in literary magazines, journals, and books. Authors and artists grant permission for their works, if selected by either or both venues, to appear at these websites.


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