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I have to say that paragraph 6 of the official terms is a clear deal-breaker. I was VERY excited about this program, and did some of my best writing for this application. But I will NOT hand over rights to my creative work (and I'm referring to the writing sample here) even if I were guaranteed a residency. Regardless of what people surmise Amtrak's intent is, the legal writing they are persisting is very clear. I urge Amtrak to keep the spirit of this endeavor true, and modify their Grant of Rights terms. Aspiring writers should not be asked to give up such things. The applications answers are what Amtrak should ask for the rights to, nothing more.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers