Oct 10, 2007, 9:00 AM
Post #221 of 710
For another perspective, also remember that you don't know the circumstances of applications last year. What I mean is that you don't know what writing filled the applications you were pitted against. And you don't know the circumstances of the application pool this year.
Re: [brig] reapplying
If it is a story that you really, really love, and if it is truly one of your strongest pieces, then I do not see the problem in including it in your writing manuscript. Maybe it's the stories that surround the one in question that need consideration?
Or maybe it's a restructuring of your statement of purpose, maybe some language that needs to be included about your reapplication to the school and about the direction you have been taking as a writer and how the stories you are submitting fit in with that?
I'm just saying that if it is a story that YOU really believe in and that will make you feel like, no matter what, you put your BEST application together, then why not include it in your manuscript. The whole application process is so strange, so unpredictable, so subjective, and so frustrating because of how much you don't know and how much you can't control (ie it's not at all like applying for a master's degree in Anthropology or Russian History where the things you need to consider in assembling an application are more obvious and more, I guess, easy to predict). The best thing that you can do is push forward an application that you believe in completely and that you think represents who you are, how you write, and all the things you look forward to learning from what each particular MFA program makes available to its students.
Just my 2 cents. For whatever it may be worth.