Ph*cked in Philly writes...
Are writing samples with cursing generally frowned
upon? I got one I might send, and it's a curse
A curse festival, eh? That sounds like fun. I guess I'm split on this PiP. On the one hand, you write what you write, your characters say what they say. On the other hand (and the one I'm leaning toward), I think it was Joseph Joubert who said "Before you use a fancy word, make room for it."
I think this is probably true of curse words too. The more there are, the less impact they have. I guess it comes down to this, PiP: if they sound authentic to the story, then they work. If they don't, then they don't. Get another set of eyes and ears on your story, PiP. See what that person says.
My overall advice: if all things are even, or close to even, I'd send the non curse festival story for my MFA application. Rock on.