Hi, I'm new to the group and have a quandary I was hoping I could get some feedback on. I have an essay published in an anthology. Now I would like to reword and shorten the same essay for an essay contest that requires that their submissions not be previously published. Is this ethical?
I would say probably not. Use a different, unpublished essay.
Thank you Jo Anne.
Why not ask permission from the anthology people and if it is ok with them, why not?
I should think it would depend on how different the two essays are.
The published essay is longer and includes more details including setting and dialog. The second is more like a letter I might right to a friend. The events are the same in both though and maybe therein lies the faux pas...?
I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure educational essays are republished all the time as long as you own the rights.
No, go with a different essay. It's probably too late, but once a work is "published" anywhere, whether on the Internet or in a dead-tree format, anything else is considered a reprint. :)
Good luck with the contest!