IWSG - MFA Program Applications

Good day all. Today is an Insecure Writers' Support Group Day, and boy am I stressing.

I'm applying this month to a handful of MFA in Creative Writing programs, in the hopes of starting one next fall. In the process of gathering and organizing, I have to choose two or three of my best short stories to send to these fairly prestigious schools. But is my best really my best? Are these few stories really representative of my potential?

Choosing the best of my writing is nerve-wracking because I know that if I do not get into a program, it is due to the writing sample: that's the part of the application they give the most weight. It is a writing program, after all. If I choose the wrong piece, the program may see it as representative of my writing ability and reject me; if I choose something that I'm not fully confident in, my fear will likely be apparent in each word of the story. The thing is, I'm not fully confident about any of my writing. But, I do know that these two or three stories are not everything I've written; they're just acting as representations of my writing on the whole. If I am rejected, it's not a rejection of me as a writer, it's a rejection based on my application. I'll write many brilliant stories afterward, whether I get into an MFA program or not. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

Peace, Aimee