Q&A Time: “Raw, unedited clips”?

Questionwww.inkthinkerblog.com — I was recently reading one of my favorite magazines when I noticed a sidebar that it was looking for freelancers.  The request stated one would have to submit to them a resume, and raw (unedited) writing samples.  What exactly does the magazine mean by “raw  (unedited)”?  Does that mean leave grammatical mistakes and errors in the article?  That seemed kind of ridiculous to me. Any insight as to what exactly they may be asking, I’ll be very grateful.

AnswerI suspect that what they want is not a published clip but rather the draft you submitted when you turned in the article. In other words, they want to see your raw talent, not how some magazine editor finessed it. Make sense?

But the only way to be 100% sure what they want is to ask the person who wrote the guidelines, so if you don’t feel like this is what they’re looking for based on the rest of the info you have, I’d call them for more information.

Hope that helps!

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