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Many people often wonder whether to copyright their work, and the best way in which to do it. So I’m going to help you.

Okay, first of all, what is copyright?

Nice and simple. Like a patent, trademark, and any design that can be copied, copyright is an intellectual property; also known as ‘IP’, and gives you all ‘rights’ to your work and protects it from copyright infringement.

Now I could go on and on explaining all the different avenues, but as this is based at writers, I will stick with novels and screenplays.

You’ve written a novel (fiction or non-fiction), short story, or poem, and you want to send it off to an agent, manager, or publisher. What should you do first? That’s right, copyright it.

Who with?

Whoa there fiesty one. First check you live in a Berne Convention Country. 162 of the 190 countries are signed to it, so chances are, you are.

Now you can register your work with an organisation. Now there are various ones both in the UK and US that I use.

US pilots and screenplays I use WGA (Writers Guild of America) West. I also register my synopsis here. I have never had a problem and the service is very prompt and efficient. There is also some cool information on their website.

For my UK pilots, screenplays and novels, I use the Intellectual Property Rights Office.

N.B. If you are a subscriber to firstwriter.com you can benefit from a 10% discount when you start the registration process through their site. If you are already a Firstwriter subscriber, click here. If not and want to, click here first.

There is usually a charge, approximately £20/$40, to register work and you should be issued with a certificate, although these can take up to six months to be delivered.

Although I’ve never registered a novel with a US copyright organsisation, more information may be obtained at the US Copyright Office.

I’ve tried to keep this post as simple as I can, but if there is something you don’t understand, put your query in the comment box. Likewise, if you’ve had any dealings with any of the organisations listed here, good or bad, let me know. Maybe you use other companies. If so, let me know them too.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

James White Award Short Story Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st January 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £200 for first place. Also magazine publication.
Details:   For science fiction stories up to 6,000 words by non-professional writers.
Contact:   James White Award Administrator, 48 Spooners Drive, Park Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 2HL
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.jameswhiteaward.com

James Jones Fellowship Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st March 2012
Fees:   $25 for one entry. $28 for online submissions.
Prizes:   $10,000 for first place. $750 x 2.
Details:   For novels in progress by US citizens who have not had a novel published.
Contact:   James Jones First Novel Fellowship, c/o M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Country:   United States
Email:   jamesjonesfirstnovel@wilkes.edu
Website:   http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1159.asp

Science Fiction Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:  31st May 2012
Fees:   £3.50 for one entry. £30 critique fee.
Prizes:   £50 for first place. Runner-up £30.
Details:   Open to new and published writers in the genre. The winner, runner-up and up to 12 other winners will be published in a Science Fiction anthology in August 2012. Winners will be announced in July 2012. Entries can be made by email in Word, Open Office or PDF format. Please write Science Fiction Entry in the subject line. Maximum length: 3,500 words.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   wjwpublishing@gmail.com
Website:   http://wjwpublishing.wordpress.com/

€100 can be yours!
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th March 2012
Fees:   €5 for one entry.
Prizes:   €100 for first place.
Details:   Maximum length is 1500 words. Theme – anything you like, so long as it makes us laugh. For the full list of rules and regs, visit our website, where you can also read the winning entries and runners-up from the first four competitions. So, join in, get writing and have fun.
Country:   Portugal
Email:   competition@cheerreader.co.uk
Website:   http://cheerreader.co.uk

Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st March 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place.
Details:   For short stories up to 7,500 words by full-time students in US or Canadian universities.
Contact:   John Westermann, Director, Stony Brook $1,000 Short Fiction Prize, Stony Brook Southampton, MFA in Writing and Literature, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, New York 11968
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/southampton/fiction/index.shtml

Valentine’s short story competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   6th February 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £10 for first place. Web publication and possible print publication. (Alteternative to cash – £10 vouchers).
Details:   We’re looking for romance this spring. Send us a short story of no more than 1,500 words including 1) a spilled drink and 2) a case of mistaken identity. Your story can be any genre, so long as it contains a romantic element. Any sexual content should avoid explicit or graphic detail and be relevant to the story.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   competition@thegreatesc.com
Website:   http://thegreatesc.com/writing-competitions

Meridian Writing Spring Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry. Additional £3 for a basic critique
Prizes:   £100 for first place. Second place – £50, and Third Place – £25 plus a firstwriter.com voucher for each winner
Details:   Short stories accepted of up to 3,000 words – with no lower limit – in any genre or theme. Open to new and published writers. Critique service available – please see website for full entry details and services available.
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   info@meridian-writing.co.uk
Website:   http://www.meridian-writing.co.uk

Chudleigh Phoenix 2012 Short Story Competition 
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st January 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. £50; £25.
Details:   For short stories up to 1,500 words. Open theme.
Contact:   Chudleigh Phoenix, The Granary, 3 Palace Mill, Rock Road, Chudleigh, TQ13 0JJ
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   chudleighphoenix@heathside.com
Website:   http://www.chudleighphoenix.co.uk/2012comp.html

Blue Cross – War Horse story competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   29th February 2012
Fees:   Ł0 for one entry.
Prizes:   Ł0 for first place. Ł50 book voucher.
Details:   To accompany the War Horse film, we are asking young writers to write 500 word story on: A day in the life of a war horse during the First World War, from the horse’s point of view or a story about a soldier and his horse during the First World War, showing the relationship between the horse and his rider. Two age groups: under 11s and 12-15s.
Contact:   War Horse Competition, The Blue Cross, Shilton Road, Oxon OX18 4PF
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   warhorsecomp@bluecross.org.uk
Website:   http://www.bluecross.org.uk/95895/short-story-competition-for-young-people.html

FICTION

Langport Festival,
Closing date: 31st of March
Prize:   1st £125, 2nd £75, 3rd £25.
Details on our website www.langportleveller.co.uk (don’t forget to download the attachment on the site).

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

2012 Prism Contest
Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter
Fee: $30–35.00
Deadline: March 20, 2012
Eligibility: Books with publication date of 2011.
Entry: Novels and novellas with both romance and paranormal elements.
Categories: Dark Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Light Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Futuristic, Time Travel/Steampunk, Erotica/Romantica, YA, Novella, Best First Book, Best of the Best.
Judges: published/unpublished.
Top Prize: gorgeous Prism Award, certificate, pin.
FMI, www.romance-ffp.com or PrismContest@romance-ffp.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

ACTOR PRODUCER LOOKING FOR SHORT SCRIPT
Actor/Producer is looking for a festival ready short film to produce. Drama, Action, Romance are welcolme. NO SCI FI please! This is a ultra low budget. We’re looking for a project that’s 6 pages max. Would like to work with writers possibly on a long term basis to develope feature. Please include your synopsis along with resume. Send inquiries to info@RonBRobinson.com. Thank you.

SEEKING SCREENWRITERS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF BLACK CULTURE
I am looking for a writer to collaborate with on a feature film screenplay. Genre is Black comedy, action and or stories dealing with black culture of the past few decades. Films such as “Coming to America” “Five Heartbeats” “Spook That Sat By The Door” “New Jack City” “Love Jones” “Cooley High” “Jungle Fever” “Love And Basketball” “Love And Basketball” “Mo’ Better Blues” “Malcom X” etc. Etc. I have a few ideas in mind, but I am willing to start fresh. Contact me at rodneydwira@alphabetproductions.com. Thank you.

SCREENWRITER NEEDED TO POLISH VO DIALOGUE FOR DOC FILM
Screen Writer needed for feature length documentary to complete and polish existing voice over dialog for two hour film. Some plot points may need polishing as well. Duration of work shall run for two weeks and require writer to take on style of host/talent in documentary. Previous documentary experience a plus. Salary is negotiable. Job is to be filled right away. Non WGA only please. For more information please contact us at info@hollywoodrequest.com.

ECLIPSE TALENT SEEKING SITCOM PILOT SCRIPTS
Eclipse Talent are currently seeking scripts for a pilot Sitcom.We are looking for ideas for a sitcoms set to the style of shows such as; Benidorm, Phoenix Nights,The Royle Family, Early Doors. If you would like to work with us please write a spec script or short scene with your ideas and treatment. Send material to eclipsetalent@aol.com. Thank you.

SEARCHING FOR COWRITER TO COLLABORATE ON SCIFI FEATURE SCRIPT
Director developing feature version of a science-fiction action story based on short film is searching for a co-writer to collaborate on the feature script.  The script will be independently produced later this year in Michigan, and some equity financing has already been secured. The film will have a budget of less than $500,000, but our goal is to utilize digital filmmaking and groundbreaking special effects now available to everyone, to produce a film that looks and feels like a $50M movie. This is a great opportunity to get some of your work professionally produced and hopefully distributed to an audience. The ideal candidate should be a great writer, love collaboration, be passionate about movies and science fiction, and be fun to work with.  Also, you would be able to stay on the project for help re-writing and polishing the script until we shot in August. Agency representation is a plus. Please send writing samples to scifiwritersearch@gmail.com and tell us a little about yourself in the email. Compensation will be available on a deferred basis, but cash payment may be available upon financing completion in March.

PRODUCTION COMPANY LOOKING FOR FILM NOIR SCRIPTS
Production Company looking for FILM NOIR scripts to make into feature film. Must have some commercial appeal, but would love a FILM NOIR script that stays true to classic FILM NOIR. Please submit script with IMDB link or resume to deppich22@gmail.com.

LOOKING FOR TALENTED SCREENWRITER TO COLLABORATE WITH DIRECTOR
We are looking for a talented screenwriter who will work in collaboration with the director to develop a full length screenplay based on his idea. It’s “work for hire” which means the writer will not own the rights to the screenplay. The writer will be paid once the film goes in production and will receive a screenwriting credit on film. It’s a mixed genre concept with philosophical tones to it. Please apply only if you have written feature film scripts previously. Attach a pdf with samples of your work. If you don’t provide any samples, we will not consider you. Please contact us at mail@millionsofpixels.net. The imdb link to the director’s filmography is: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0162157/. Thank you.

SEEKING WRITER FOR TV PILOT
We are looking for the writer of our up and coming TV Pilot ‘Cast a Star’ we want it to be a scripted documentary style reality TV piece; that will cast our next film ‘Dissection’. The short-listed actors will then be put into a house to do daily tasks, that relate to the filming process. The actors we like the best will be cast into roles. The show will incorporates a range of shows that you would have already seen, for example: X-factor, Big Brother, The Hills, Made in Chelsea, The only way is Essex etc. By putting them together we will produce something that is new and exciting for audiences, interested in the arts. The writer will be paid £300-500 plus 1% of net producers profit depending on experience.

PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING ANIMATION AND FANTASY SCRIPTS
Production company is working with investment group and interested in producing feature length animation and/or fantasy and is seeking scripts for review. Any scripts based on books or TV stories must have full rights obtained prior to submission. Please submit logline with synopsis for review to us at info@jninemedia.com. If our company is interested we will contact you for further information. All scripts must be WGA or have copyright. Pay is “Paid option agreement.” Thank you.

Please remember to check out legitimacy of all contests before you enter, and to copyright all your work.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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