At the North American Review, we work to make literature and art matter. Like most literary magazines, we exist to serve our customers; we consider everyone our customer, so it follows that we are in service to our writers. To this end we try our best to make sure the writer’s work looks good in the magazine, that they are paid for the use of their work, and that they benefit from their connection to the North American Review and the University of Northern Iowa.
Upon acceptance, the North American Review asks for first North American serial rights. If we accept a writer’s work, this means we pay to publish the work in one issue. We may ask for electronic rights, for which we will pay, but this is not assumed as part of our regular rights. (This includes organizations that electronically collect our material, such as JSTOR or EBSCO, as long as they supply the work in facsimile form as it first appeared.) JSTOR and EBSCO give the NAR worldwide exposure and enhance library access in third world countries. Contributors who would not want their work distributed electronically should contact either organization, and their work will be removed in short order.
We do ask the standard practice of acknowledgment in any subsequent publication of a work published with us. Since 1991, after the publication of a contributor’s work, we reserve the right to reprint it in any anthology that we might develop, paying the writer again at that time, of course. However, after publication in the North American Review, all rights regarding the work revert back to the author. So, if we publish a poem, a nonfiction piece, or a fiction piece in an issue, and a year later a publisher asks to reprint that work in an anthology or textbook, this permission is entirely the writer’s to give. However, the anthology or textbook should credit the North American Review in its acknowledgements page: “So-and-so’s poem/essay/story (include title) first appeared in the North American Review.”
For publishers or copy houses looking for permissions to reprint material from the North American Review, we are registered with the Copyright Clearance Center. We prefer that those seeking permission to reprint NAR material contact the Copyright Clearance Center first.
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For works that have appeared in the North American Review before 1991, the NAR assigns the copyright back to the author as a pro-forma matter. If a publisher is looking for rights before 1991 that is not in public domain, we will not assign permissions without the author’s, their representatives, or estate’s representative’s authorization. We only give permission to the author or their representative releasing our claim of rights to them. We will try to help contact these writers, but for obvious reasons we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all older, potentially outdated, information.
For works that are in the public domain, of course, no permissions are required. A large portion of NAR material is in public domain, and material from 1815 to 1900 can be found at the Cornell University Library Making of America collection.
As a service to writers we also provide a weblink to the Library of Congress Office of Copyrights, a primary authority in the matter of copyrights and intellectual property in America. Copyrights and copyright law are complex issues. Writers can prevent a lot of stress and grief simply by visiting this website and educating themselves about the aspects that pertain to their work.