Copyright notice is written and published by Jonathan Rothwell.

All content © Jonathan Rothwell 1992—2024 and licensed under CC-BY-NC unless otherwise stated.

If you would like to use my work commercially, please contact me by emailing me at this domain to negotiate terms.

The short stories and works of original fiction on this website are under a slightly different copyright licence. Any such content will be marked as such on the page.

The original works of fiction under this licence are NOT Creative Commons licensed. You MUST NOT copy it to your own website, zine etc. without my prior permission. You MUST NOT copy it to AO3 or Wattpad.

I put these stories on this website, free of charge, in the hope that you will enjoy them.


  • Copy or reproduce these stories on another website or publication without explicit permission from me;
  • Create commercial derivative works (e.g. film or stage adaptations) without explicit permission from me;
  • Pass this work off as your own in any case.
If you do any of the things marked YOU MUST NOT without my prior explicit permission in the form of a written and signed waiver, you will be breaking copyright law. I will message you and ask you to stop. If you do not, I may have to take legal action to protect my interests.

You MAY:

  • Create non-commercial derivative works (e.g. fan art, fan fiction, or a 'podfic');
  • Create copies of the stories for your own personal use (for instance, printing copies or putting a copy on your e-reader);
  • Copy the concepts and ideas within the stories, as that’s what all writers do anyway. (I won’t complain unless it’s a direct rip-off.)
  • Quote the stories (provided the quotes are of a reasonable length, not more than 10% of the story’s overall length) in journalism, blogging, research etc. or for critical analysis. (If you do, while it’s not necessary, I’d love it if you told me!)

A few more notes:

  • If you’ve done some fan art based on one of the stories, and would like to sell it, you’ll need to drop me a note: in all probability, I’ll say “yes” so there’s no need to be shy (I may even want a copy for myself). My address is meat this domain.
  • Non-commercial fan art, podfic, and fan fiction is already explicitly allowed! No need to ask.
  • As a general rule, if you’re not going to monetise your derivative work, that’s just fine. Don’t hesitate to email me if you’re unsure.
  • This does not affect your statutory rights under fair usage legislation (or equivalent) in your jurisdiction.