Dec 19, 2007, 2:24 AM
Post #563 of 764
Just wanted folks to know that the 2008 Preliminary P&W Reader Poll is now on-line. The top fifty MFA programs are ranked by vote, and--in a new addition this year (which many, many applicants urgently requested!)--there is a separate ranking just for fiction programs. If you click on the link below it'll take you to the "all-genre" (poetry and fiction) ranking, but there's a link at the top of that page which'll then take you right to the fiction-only rankings, if that's what interests you.
2008 Preliminary P&W Reader Poll
The poetry-only listing isn't ready to go live yet because the "n" figure (number of poll participants) is still too low. Once it rises, I'll put it on-line, along with another poetry-only ranking I think folks will find interesting, credible, and illuminating (it basically takes the idea of mapping out post-graduation outcomes a little further than has previously been done).
Keep in mind that what I'm posting today are only preliminary polls--kinda like pre-season polls--and that they'll almost certainly change significantly over time (though followers of last year's polls/rankings will see that every single poll and ranking done recently seems to [i.e., continues to] indicate a top-ten grouping of programs that are almost literally unmoveable from their perch).
I'll continually be updating both the "all genre" and "fiction only" polls, and sometime tomorrow will try to put a quick-link to both polls on the right-hand sidebar of my blog. I should mention, too, that there's a methodology essay preceding the "all genre" rankings, one which explains what I hope'll already be clear to everybody: this is not data I created, so don't flame me!
All I did was compile what y'all, the readers of P&W, have said about the various MFA programs. Harmless stuff, no need to get worked up over it, argue over it, and so on. It is what it is.
I'm now compiling data for non-fiction programs, too, though the "n" will have to rise substantially for that poll to ever get published on-line.
Anyway, here's the link for everything:
(This post was edited by umass76 on Dec 19, 2007, 2:31 AM)