Mar 1, 2007, 10:22 PM
Post #2496 of 6294
Re: [Glinda Bamboo] stupid mistakes
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By the way, I almost had a total heart attack recently when I went to my writers' group to critique a story I submitted with all my MFA apps. I sat there, glancing through one of the copies I printed out for everyone, when I noticed that the very last sentence of the story was somehow cut off. It didn't even cut off mid-sentence, it cut off mid-WORD. Of course, I immediately freaked out and thought that I sent this version to all the MFA programs, despite how anal I am about checking and re-checking every detail. I got home and checked my computer files and I'm pretty sure this was just a random glitch from when I printed out the stories for workshop...so hopefully schools got the full version.
I wonder what would happen if programs received a story that they really liked, but at the end it just kind of stops, mid-word, in error. This obviously affects the ending, makes the applicant look sloppy and careless, etc. Would it be an auto reject?
I dont think so. I am sure they would understand it was a printing error. Dont sweat it. They are used to seeing fragments and samples of larger works. They have the entire rest of your submission to judge your wirting by.
You'll be fine.