International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

Admissions

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. In rare and special cases, we admit writers and literary translators who have not earned an undergraduate degree. Such candidates must show evidence to the Admissions Committee of exceptional academic, literary, and/or publishing background.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MFA in International Writing & Literary Translation program is based primarily on the quality of original work submitted.

Part 1

Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate coursework sent directly from the institution to: Office of Admissions – MFA in International Writing program, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Part 2

Application Requirements

You can submit the following materials online by signing up on our online application in Slideroom. It is important to sign up for the service early in the process to identify and email people providing letters of reference.

Personal Essay
  • A personal essay (2-3 pages, double-spaced) in which the applicant addresses the following: How long and how you came to seriously writing and/or doing literary translation. Previous study in writing, literature and literary translation. Additional experience relevant to the application. The strengths and weaknesses of the applicant’s writing and/or literary translation.
Scholarship Essay
  • Please provide a short essay addressing what qualities you possess as a writer or translator that makes you a good candidate for the full scholarship. Also answer if you're accepted in the program but are not awarded the scholarship, would you enroll in the program? Please let us know why you answered as you did.
Critical Essay

Provide a critical essay that addresses the craft of writing or literary translation.

Creative Work Sample

Submission should be double spaced, 12 pt type, at least 1" margins all round. If you are applying for:

  • Fiction/Nonfiction: Submit 20 manuscript pages of creative work.
  • Literary Translation: 20 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction (include a copy of original language text) OR 10 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction plus 10 manuscript pages of creative work.
  • Dual genre fiction/nonfiction: Submit 20 manuscript pages of creative work in each genre.
  • Dual Writing/Literary Translation: Submit 20 manuscript pages of creative work and 20 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction (include a copy of original language text) OR 10 manuscript pages of translated literary fiction or nonfiction plus 10 manuscript pages of creative work.
References
  • Applicant will be asked to provide 2 references. Identify 2 references to provide letters of recommendation. The recommendations will be submitted directly into your Slideroom application. You do not have to wait for the recommendations to be submitted in order to submit your application.

Contacts

Xu Xi
Evan Fallenberg

Faculty Co-Directors
+1.802.828.8796
866-934-8232, ext. 8796
[email protected]


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