MFA in Writing & Publishing (Residential)


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree. In rare and special cases, the Program admits writers who have not earned an undergraduate degree. Such candidates must show evidence to the Admissions Committee of exceptional academic, literary, and/or publishing background. Please contact the Admissions office for more information.

Admissions Requirements

Part 1

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

Part 2

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

  1. 2 Letters of Reference from accomplished writers, colleagues, business superiors, or past faculty. Letters should be from professionals who know your writing and can address how an MFA in Writing would benefit you. Letters from friends, family, and co-workers are discouraged.
  2. Writing Resume/CV (2 pages) including:
    • Workshops, writers' conferences, and other non-credit literary courses attended (including dates, location, workshop leader).
    • Previous work experience related to the literary arts.
    • Publications, prizes, honors, and grants related to applicant's work.
  3. Statement of Purpose Essay (2-3 typed, single-sided, double-spaced pages) in which you address the following questions:
    • Why are you applying to the MFA in Writing & Publishing?
    • What is the history of your relationship with writing?
    • How have your previous studies in writing and literature informed your writing style?
    • What are some strengths and weaknesses in your writing?
    • Are you prepared to use direct criticism of your work?
    • Do you have additional experience relevant to this application?
  4. Writing Sample:
    • Approximately 20 original pages (typed, single-sided, double-spaced pages for prose). You may submit writing in different genres, though this is not required. Poets need to include at least 5 pages of prose: for example, an essay or short fiction.


Ann Cardinal

Director of Student Recruitment
[email protected]

Admissions Deadlines

  • Priority application and scholarship deadline - February 1.
  • After February 1, applicants are considered on a rolling basis for admissions and scholarships until the class is full.

Semester Start Dates

  • Spring Semester Start: January 23, 2019
  • Fall Semester Start: September 3, 2019