Admission to MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction

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Apply: MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction

In Southern New Hampshire University's Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction, you will spend two years honing your skills in a small cohort of students, learning from national best-selling and award-winning authors, and receiving personal consultation from leading agents and editors.

Application Deadlines:

  • March 1st for the June, 2015 cohort.
  • October 1st for the January, 2016 cohort.

Applications for the MFA program will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Because we accept only 15 -17 new students per residency, we encourage candidates to apply early. Depending upon availability, we may consider candidates after an application deadline.

How to apply:

  1. Submit the SNHU application form with the $40 application fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the college or university that conferred your bachelor's degree.
  3. Submit an 800-1000 word personal statement describing your writing experience and the nature of your commitment to writing. Please include your assessment of why you are a good candidate for the program. We are always interested in learning about a candidate’s academic, personal and professional experiences.
  4. Submit a 20-page, double-spaced writing sample, using 12 pt. font, in fiction or nonfiction. Your writing sample may consist of a novel excerpt, a story, or multiple stories, if fiction, or a memoir excerpt, a creative essay, or multiple creative essays, if nonfiction.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation from people capable of assessing your ability to work independently and your preparation to succeed in an MFA program.

Submit documents to:
Benjamin Nugent
MFA Admissions
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road Manchester, NH 03106

You may also submit documents electronically to

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