fresh.ink is made of two parts: our beta reader matching platform (and the contest) and our magazine. We'll cover rights for these separately.
For fresh.ink’s reader matching platform, and our contest, authors retain all rights. fresh.ink makes no claims to any rights over your work, even if you win a contest. We never publicize your work in any form. The announcement at the conclusion of our launch contest, on Feb 3rd, 2020, will not contain details of any winning stories. We'll request permission to share author names and social media profiles in our announcement, but this is not compulsory.
For each story accepted onto the platform, we form a small beta reader group for you. Initially, this will only have a handful of readers. We'll ask those readers if they're interested in beta reading your story. If enough accept, we'll expand the group to get you more beta readers. Even the most well-received work will never exceed a few dozen readers.
Our beta readers are a blend of authors and readers who enjoy beta reading. When a new reader signs up, we match them to a small number of stories and begin evaluating their fit for the platform. If a reader's feedback is not constructive, we'll stop matching them to new work.
fresh.ink never makes your work searchable (either publicly on search engines such as Google, or within fresh.ink), readers must always be logged in and they can’t see work that they weren’t explicitly matched with. They must have been invited into your group by us. You can also opt in to take full control of who gets access to your work, approve any readers before they can open your story and limit how many readers can read your work. And of course, you can instantly withdraw and delete your work at any time via your fresh.ink dashboard and we’ll stop matching it to new readers, remove it from existing matched readers, and give any readers that are currently reading 90 days to finish before deleting it from their device automatically.
Our digital magazine is separate from our beta platform. For work published in our magazine, fresh.ink purchases non-exclusive digital rights.
fresh.ink magazine does not require you to still own the first publication rights to your story, so it's OK if it's already been published. In fact, we regularly purchase reprint rights to work from literary magazines around the world. If your story has not been published before, featuring it in the fresh.ink magazine will automatically consume the first publication rights for that story. We'll explain all of this in our offer email, and in our contract.