Online Application

Now Accepting applications for: Spring 2016 and Fall 2016

Spring 2016 Final Application Deadline: November 15, 2015

Fall 2016 Final Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

Please note that we cannot guarantee fall semester enrollment will be possible for applicants who apply very late in the admissions cycle, due to parts of the process that are beyond our control. We suggest that late-cycle applicants order their transcripts as soon as they know they intend to apply (it is fine to have transcripts sent prior to application submission), and solicit recommendation letters in advance so they will be ready to send when the applicant’s recommenders receive our request. Students who will require financial assistance also should complete the FAFSA as early as possible, so if they are admitted to the program, the College will have received notice of federal aid eligibility. All financial aid and other enrollment arrangements must be in place prior to attending the first campus residency.




The Application Process

The New England College MFA Creative Writing Program Online Application includes two parts. This application form is the first part.

Following submission of this application form, you will be automatically redirected to the second part of the online application, which requires you to submit the names and email addresses of the individuals you’ve asked to write recommendation letters in support of your application.

Upon completion of Part Two of the online application, your recommenders will receive an email from the program with instructions for submitting their letters on your behalf. We suggest contacting your recommenders after you have completed your application to alert them that they should have received an emailed recommendation request from us. Messages may occasionally be directed to recipients’ spam/junk mail folders, as some webmail services and email systems for educational institutions have more stringent message filtering in place. Technology also is an imperfect medium, so if our request message was not received, you or your recommender can contact us at mfa at nec dot edu and we will re-send the information.

Once all of your materials have been received, our admissions committee will review your application and you will be notified of the decision. Please note that we are unable to provide comments, feedback, or decision explanations to individual applicants.

If you have difficulty using the online application, or are unable to apply online, you may contact us to request assistance or a paper application.


Official, sealed transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended should be submitted to:

New England College
Attention: MFA, Graduate Admission
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242

Phone: (603) 428-2252 | Fax: (603) 428-8123 |

Application Materials

Required Application Materials

  • Personal Essay: A 2-4 page essay addressing the applicant’s writing life, previous study and experience, and personal and professional goals for graduate study and beyond.
  • Creative sample:Poetry: 10 pages   |    Fiction: 20-25 pages (short fiction or excerpt)   |    Nonfiction: 20-25 pagesDual-genre Study (Two genre study: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, ILA) : Applicants must submit manuscript samples for each of the two genres to which they are applying.

    Interdisciplinary Literary Art/Hybrid Forms: 10-25 pages of Interdisciplinary/hybrid form work (or equivalent).
    Interdisciplinary Literary Art applicants also must submit a Statement on Interdisciplinarity (1-3 pages). This concentration is for work and study that is truly interdisciplinary in nature, with at least two distinct disciplinary areas inextricably combined. The statement should address the interdisciplinary nature of the applicant’s work and research interests, and indicate the intended areas of focus for interdisciplinary literary art study/interdisciplinary creative practice. Statements also may include contextualization for the proposed areas of focus, sources of inspiration, potential resources, and prior experience relevant to the proposed areas of study.

    Social Practice: Manuscript sample in the applicant’s primary genre (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, ILA), and a Social Practice Statement of Intent (2-4 pages). Applicant’s statement should address the applicant’s interest in Social Practice and the intended areas of focus for study in Social Practice. Applicants may wish to reference sources of inspiration, potential resources, and goals for program study and beyond. Applicants also may include a resume or vitae and any relevant  personal, professional, or educational experience. Applicants are welcome to submit an additional portfolio or sample of work in areas of Social Practice.

    *Applicants in Interdisciplinary Literary Art/Hybrid Forms and Social Practice may contact us prior to applying for assistance with application materials or to arrange submission of additional materials/samples/portfolios that are in formats which cannot be uploaded or emailed.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. *In the absence of an undergraduate degree, substantial professional/literary work may be considered. Please contact us prior to application.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be written by someone who can attest to the applicant’s readiness for graduate level study and ability to participate meaningfully and harmoniously in an MFA writing community.

You must submit the required application materials using the file upload feature on this application form.
Click the “choose file” button to locate and select the files to be uploaded from your computer.

The allowable file types are: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, odt. Please note that pdf is preferred, because it will retain your formatting when it is opened with different software applications.

Your application files should be named according to the following convention: your last name-sample (e.g., smith-sample), your last name-statement (e.g., smith-statement).

After you have selected the file to upload it, you should see it beside the “choose file” button on the application form. This indicates the file is attached and will be included when you submit your application. If one of the required files is not attached or you have selected an unsupported file type, you will be prompted to correct the issue before submitting your application.

If you experience technical difficulties with the application form or file attachments, you may email us to request assistance:

Application Submission

You may submit your application when you have completed all required fields and your files are properly attached.

In order to activate the “submit” button, you must select the “I accept” option to electronically sign your application form.

If any required fields have not been filled or required files are not properly attached, you will receive an error message indicating what action must be taken to complete and submit your application.

Upon submission of this form, you will be automatically redirected to Part Two of the Online Application (Recommendations). If the page does not redirect automatically, you can find it here.

You also will be sent an email after completing the first part of the online application (the application form below). If you do not receive this email, check your spam folder and if it is not there, contact us to confirm that your application was submitted.

Online Application: Part One

* Indicates a Required Field


Personal Information

Last Name*

First Name*

Middle Name

Date of Birth* (mm/dd/yyyy)


Contact Information

Email Address*

Preferred Phone* (999-999-9999)

Alternate Phone (999-999-9999)

Mailing Address/Residence

Address 1*

Address 2

Address 3



Other: Province/Region/Territory

Zip/Postal Code*


Demographic Information

This information is collected for statistical purposes and is only reported in aggregate form in order to comply with federal and state requirements. Information provided by individual applicants is kept strictly confidential. Completion of this section is optional and will not affect admissions decisions.

Do you consider yourself to be Hispanic/Latino?
 Yes No

Race/Ethnicity (select one or more)
 American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black or African American Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander White

 F M X

Military Experience

Eligible Dependent of a Veteran
 Yes No

Previous Education

Please list all accredited colleges and universities attended for post-secondary and graduate study, beginning with the most recent.

Institution Name*

Dates Attended*

From* (mm/yyyy): To* (mm/yyyy):

Degree Earned*

Institution Name

Dates Attended

From (mm/yyyy): To (mm/yyyy):

Degree Earned

Additional Colleges/Universities Attended (Name, Dates Attended, Degree Earned)

Student Name on Transcripts (if different than name on program application)

MFA Application Information

Application Concentration*

 Fiction Nonfiction Poetry Dual-Genre Interdisciplinary Literary Arts Social Practice

Dual-genre Applicants

Please indicate the two genre concentrations to which you are applying.

Social Practice Applicants

Please indicate your primary writing genre (e.g., Fiction)

Desired Start*
Please select the term for which you are applying:

Additional Information/Message (Optional)
You may use this field to provide us additional information or to leave a message related to your application.

Upload Application Materials

File types: *pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, odt
*The preferred file type is pdf, because it will retain your formatting when it is opened with different software applications.

Personal Statement* (smith-statement.pdf)

Creative Sample*(smith-sample.pdf)

Statement on Interdisciplinarity (for ILA applicants)

Social Practice Statement of Intent (for Social Practice applicants)

Electronic Signature*

By selecting "I accept," you indicate that all information provided in this application is true and accurate.

Proceed to Part Two (if page does not automatically redirect following submission of Part One).