I looked in your archive and didn't see a reference to this subject specifically.
I'm working on a short story to submit to a POD anthology. In the submission guidelines is the following statement: "All submissions remain the property of the contributor. Due to the never-out-of-print nature of POD publication, the editors of Dead Will Dance reserve the right to reprint the collection in perpetuity."
Does the fact that I retain my rights to the work mean I can submit this story (if they accept it) to other publishers? Are there any "gotcha's" with this model?
Uhh...these guys are confusing apples oranges and orangutans.
First, ALL material is ALWAYS the property of the writer. When a publisher or the National Enquirer or the New Yorker or the Bamboozle Floozy Gazette undertakes to publish your work they buy a LICENSE to do so.
A license has two things: territory and duration. (it has other things too but those are the biggies).
If these clowns want your work in perpetuity the answer is no.
Say after me "NO".
And no, generally you can't sell something again that is licensed to another publisher. That's the territories part of the license agreement.
Chances are it will never matter.
Sometimes it does.
I was VERY careful to get reversion clauses in one of my authors contracts. The license buyer, a very savvy businesswoman, did not look on this as trying to hoodwink her. She understood exactly what we needed and agreed to the change in language without turning a hair.
Good thing too. A major publisher is now licensed to publish the work that includes what was previously elsewhere.
You have no idea what the future holds. Giving up your work with no chance to get it back (and for no money right?) is foolish. Don't do it.