Online Application

Now Accepting applications for: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Fall 2015 Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

Spring 2016 Priority Application Deadline: September 15, 2015

Spring 2016 Final Application Deadline: October 15, 2015



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.

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 of fiction, which may include short fiction, an excerpt from a novel or novella, or a combination of forms.*Applicants who would like to be considered for admission in both Poetry and Fiction, or who would like to apply to the Dual-Genre degree track, should submit work samples for both genres.
  • 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.

Should you need to replace a file that was sent with your application or submit an additional file after your application has been submitted, you may email it to:

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 Genre*
Applicants who wish to be considered for single-genre study in either Fiction or Poetry may apply to both degree tracks. Applicants who wish to study both a primary and secondary genre should apply to the appropriate dual-genre degree track.

 Fiction Poetry Dual-Genre: Fiction Primary / Poetry Secondary Dual-Genre: Poetry Primary / Fiction Secondary

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)

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).