Mar 22, 2006, 11:41 PM
Re: [gussy] Columbia-Poetry
But, as random as this hideous application process is, I think it's very unlikely that you won't be accepted next year to a couple of good programs if this year you've been accepted to a program of the caliber of Columbia or Sarah Lawrence.
I'm not sure I'd go that far. This is saying nothing about LA, whose work I obviously don't know, but we all know what a crapshoot this is (and writing is in general) and it isn't that unlikely someone who got into SL or Columbia one year wouldn't get in anywhere (much less "a couple") the next.
I got into Columbia this year and apparently was offered their highest fellowship. Yet I haven't even gotten waitlisted anywhere else yet...
The anecdote I always remember was in undergrad reading Best American Short Stories for class and one of the stories, which I think had been published in Tin House finally, was noted by the author as having been rejected 30 times before being accepted somewhere... You never know.
(This post was edited by Clench Million on Mar 22, 2006, 11:45 PM)