Oct 22, 2009, 8:15 PM
Post #531 of 714
Oh, trust me--I know too well that getting in with these pieces before doesn't mean I'll get in this time. But with the great unknown of every piece of writing, there's something comforting in submitting a piece that has been accepted somewhere sometime before. That is, any other thing I submit, I have no sense of whether it's "MFA quality" for any of these programs. But with these pieces, I know that--at least to two programs a few years back--they were considered good enough.
Re: [WanderingTree] Submitting same writing samples
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I do have other pieces, but most of them are just as old. I did a lot more writing back then--when I submitted the first time. But I've spent the past few years raising a family while working more than full-time, and while also being a part-time grad student. Sure, I wrote my share of academic papers during that time. But the fiction has mostly been on hold. And I don't feel my writing interests have changed much during that time that I was not writing. So it would really be the choice of a several-year-old polished piece that has been accepted (sending in a newly revised form) or sending a several-year-old polished piece that has never been accepted (sending in a newly revised form).
So, perhaps I should re-ask the question. Instead of "Should I send old work that's been accepted or send new work?" the question is: send in old they liked or send in old they haven't seen yet?