Hi there I'm new to this forum and have a question that will probably come across as quite naive. For the past year I've been working on my first novel and in this novel I have some poems that I decided to include retrospectively. These poems were originally written for a competition on a forum that deals with the subject matter. There are two of them. The problem is, I hear that some publishers may not accept these because they have been published on a forum before. Is this true? There is also a short story that has been massively changed and revamped to form another chapter of the story that also appears in its original format on the same forum. Is that out of the window too? Now, is there anyway I can get around this or am I worrying about nothing? They form such a small part of the story but I'd really like to keep them included....any ideas?