Hello, I am a new user. I have been lurking here over the past few days and came across some damaging info Such as entering a novel in a contest is considered publication and I would only be offered a reprint. The thing about my situation is that I entered my novel in a competition 6 years ago; and it was only a 50 page short story. I was still a student in high school. (not sure if that makes any difference) Technically it is a sequel to the unfinished novel that I have been working on; on and off for the past ten years. Too keep it short. The novel in its currently form is vastly different. Different genre, different themes, ideas and characters. Pretty much the short story I entered into a competition six years ago is a sequel to an unfinished novel. Does this effect my chance of publication?