submitting your work to this or any other site, magazine or
organisation you MUST copyright it for your own protection!
Literary history is littered with stolen manuscripts and
plagiarised ideas, all due to the fact that their author's were
too slow or too stupid to protect their work.
And it's so
simple. If you want to spend a lot of money, then find yourself
an expensive specialist solicitor who will gladly fleece you in
return for doing exactly what you could have done yourself.
Alternatively, either pay a visit to your local CAB or follow
the RRRANTS 5 point plan, which is what they'll tell you anyway:
1) make copies of each of your poems. (it's always a good idea
to keep hard copies as well as digital)
date each piece, adding the copyright symbol before your name.
3) put the pieces into a series of self addressed envelopes,
making sure you write the titles of the pieces on the backs of
the edges with tape then send them to yourself by RECORDED
5) when they arrive DO NOT OPEN THEM! File them somewhere
If there is
ever an ownership dispute, then the other party will have to
prove that they had possession before the date on your
envelopes. Simple as that!