Copyright. It’s a pesky little thing. Well, it’s not little when you’re on the receiving end of a copyright infringement lawsuit. Today’s episode of the Slush Pile Don’ts deals with using song lyrics in your short fiction … and why I can’t buy your short story or flash fiction if it’s chock-full of lyrics. For more Slush Pile Do’s, Don’ts, and the dreaded Slush Pile Horrors, head on over to and become a Patron of Flash Fiction Online.