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'Tainted and Diluted' Submissions
Let us imagine there is a callout for articles on the topic of Bonfire Night Memories.
You write an evocative piece about fireworks, a crackling fire and bonfire-baked potatoes (black on the outside, raw in the centre). You submit the article, but receive a rejection a week or two later.
Then a new callout pops up, this time on the theme of Autumn. Your bonfire article is sitting in a folder on your computer doing nothing, so you submit it for a second time, as it falls within the boundaries of this new callout. This is all well and good, and we all do it, but here's the question:
Do you feel, as I do, that submitting work as above, work that fits the bill but which was not specifically written for that particular callout, is somehow tainted or diluted; that it is making do rather than making new? Of course, this doesn't stop me resubmitting stuff, but I don't feel as comfortable as I do when submitting something I'd written specifically on the topic that was requested.