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The Amtrack Residency, It Isn't All That

So, yesterday the link to the Amtrack Writer's Residency Program was making the rounds, and because I've friends who've been pushing me to do this sort of thing in an effort to be supportive... er... I made the mistake of signing up for it. This is one of those times when I really wish I hadn't gotten up the nerve to do something. Why? Because of this:

6. Grant of Rights: In submitting an Application, Applicant hereby grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy Applicant’s Application, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing, and to sublicense such rights to any third parties. In addition, Applicant hereby represents that he/she has obtained the necessary rights from any persons identified in the Application (if any persons are minors, then the written consent of and grant from the minor’s parent or legal guardian); and, Applicant grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy the name, image, and/or likeness of Applicant and the names of any such persons identified in the Application for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing. For the avoidance of doubt, one’s Application will NOT be kept confidential (and, for this reason, it is recommended that the writing sample and answers to questions not contain any personally identifiable information – e.g., name or e-mail address – of Applicant.) Upon Sponsor's request and without compensation, Applicant agrees to sign any additional documentation that Sponsor may require so as to effect, perfect or record the preceding grant of rights and/or to furnish Sponsor with written proof that he/she has secured any and all necessary third party consents relative to the Application.

Yeah. That's some serious bullshit. I'm never having anything to do with that ever again. Thanks. Lesson learned. Read the fine print first.
Well, of course. Because it's not about helping writers, so much as going, "Hey! Look at this thing we do for writers! See! SEE?!?!!"