I am wondering about the etiquette of reapplying for something in which you weren’t successful before. A few years ago I applied for a composition commission and received Honorable Mention. I was happy with the recognition but now that the commission opportunity is coming up again, I’d like to reapply.
The problem is this: the way that the competition is structured, I don’t really have any new material to send them. What I’d be sending would be, with maybe one exception, exactly what I sent in before. The judge panel seems to rotate annually, but am I “honor bound” to send in new works? Or, if They didn’t like me well enough the first time, would they like the same pieces another time?
If it was a festival performance, I wouldn’t think twice about sending the same works. Since this is a small portfolio evaluation and the portfolio is to be constructed of specific kinds of pieces, I’m afraid I’ll be bounced because I’m essentially selling the same goods they weren’t buying in the first place.
Any thoughts from you, oh Wise and Learned Internet?