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Adam
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Feb 25, 2008, 3:18 PM

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Re: [candygirl] H-town [In reply to] Can't Post

That's what mine says, but it also says I'm missing a recommendation. When I called the program, the woman said that it didn't matter, that she was pretty sure it meant that I was still under consideration.


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Emily

Feb 25, 2008, 3:20 PM

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Wisconsin [In reply to] Can't Post

Wisconsin says they are missing my GRE scores, which I sent forever ago.

Also, on the department's letter, it says no one was rejected due to an incomplete application. That is, if they were really lacking something, they would have contacted us before.


candygirl


Feb 25, 2008, 3:21 PM

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Look, they indicated in the letter on their website that if you havenít been contacted about missing parts of your application, it means they have enough to make a decision. Donít worry about that rec. letter. Worry that may be tomorrow the clerk will get time to put "refused" to both of us... I live close to WY and they got half-gallon Jack for $37.


candygirl


Feb 25, 2008, 3:23 PM

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Re: [ejdifili] Wisconsin [In reply to] Can't Post

You donít need GRE for Wisconsin anyway...


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Adam
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Feb 25, 2008, 3:23 PM

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Re: [candygirl] H-town [In reply to] Can't Post

I've got you beat, I'm a Kentucky boy, I've got whiskey right from the source. Cheers!


Raignn



Feb 25, 2008, 4:41 PM

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Re: Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone else feel like they are going crazy? In my head I know no one has gotten accepted at IU, Illinois, or Western Michigan for poetry.. and Virginia and Pitt aren't likely to say a peep for a few more weeks. But I'm starting to have these totally irrational fears that my packets didn't get there, I'm sitting here for nothing as I managed not to actually apply to any schools. I did get wait-listed at OSU so I feel like if they got everything ok the rest of the schools did, but I am certainly starting to go down the road of "belly flop into the crazy pool" crazy not hearing any news. Maybe all the schools decided they didn't want poets this year!


Bertworld


Feb 25, 2008, 4:53 PM

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Re: [Raignn] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey, I have a question for people who know this process well, have been through it once or twice, or have been on the other side, reading the applications. For a 30-35 page fiction writing sample, do you think 1-2 typos is a dealbreaker for the better schools? Do you think it's a case-by-case basis, or maybe a "three strikes and out" guideline? (For a few of my applications, I left an extra word in one story and forgot a comma in another story.) Just curious what y'all thought. Cheers and good luck.


monarca


Feb 25, 2008, 4:57 PM

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Re: [Raignn] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, I do! Crazy and obsessed.


crummy


Feb 25, 2008, 5:06 PM

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Re: [Raignn] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, I am going absolutely batty. I have a 15 month old son and the poor little guy has to come with me to my computer every five minutes to see if I've gotten an email. His retaliation is to turn off the computer. He thinks my reaction (i.e. freaking out) is hilarious.

What I want to know, and this isn't published anywhere to my knowledge, is how many poets vs. how many fiction writers make up the 400+ applicants each school receives every year. Knowing that it's a 4% acceptance rate is fine and dandy, but if there are 3 fiction applicants for every 1 poet applying, that makes my odds as a fiction writer even lower. I've always assumed that it was close to 50/50 since the schools accept the same number of students in each genre. But I keep seeing acceptances going out to poets, and I wonder if that's because there were less poets applying and it's easier to go through those applications? Could just be that the poets are more organized, though. Who the heck knows.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?


wonderlust


Feb 25, 2008, 5:06 PM

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Re: [Bertworld] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

No way will a few typos completely count you out. Just think, if you were to become a famous writer, you'd have an editor to do that for you.

I'd say a story completely covered in typos/missing words doesn't lend itself to being well-looked upon, but one or two here and there shouldn't be deal-breakers.


HappyCianci



Feb 25, 2008, 5:13 PM

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Re: [crummy] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm pretty sure that in general, more fiction writers apply than poets. NYU mentions the figures as between 400-500 applicants for fiction, and between 200-300 for poetry. Who knows if the ratio is similar at other schools, but being a poet myself, I sure hope so.


saramac


Feb 25, 2008, 5:28 PM

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Re: [Raignn] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Raignn,

When did you get waitlisted for OSU? I applied there in nonfiction but haven't heard a thing.


rpc
ryan call

Feb 25, 2008, 5:30 PM

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Re: [Bertworld] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

dont sweat the typos

selection committees/faculty will overlook that kind of stuff - its not worth their time considering how many pages of work they've got to read.


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bennyprof


Feb 25, 2008, 5:32 PM

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Re: [rpc] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

As a quick aside, anyone know how competitive Penn State is?

It's one of the schools I applied to, and I can't seem to find out any info in that regard.

Thanks,
B


Sugah


Feb 25, 2008, 5:45 PM

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As a quick aside, anyone know how competitive Penn State is?

It's one of the schools I applied to, and I can't seem to find out any info in that regard.

Thanks,
B


I applied, though I was told time & time again not to hold my breath. In at least its MFA program, Penn State is not likely to take one of its own (I'm currently a very non-traditional PSU undergrad). I understand the English program is highly competitive. Whether that extends to the MFA program, I don't know.

Essentially, I did nothing to answer your question, did I? Except to tell you that my application is very likely just taking up space on someone's desk?

:)

_______________________


http://sugahsshack.blogspot.com


Raignn



Feb 25, 2008, 6:14 PM

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Re: [saramac] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

I got wait listed a week or so ago. The letter is dated the 8th of February.


bennyprof


Feb 25, 2008, 6:31 PM

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Re: [Sugah] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, good luck to you anyway.

As someone sort of on the inside, any idea when decisions will be made? According to Seth's blog they made their calls for fiction on the 20th of February last year. Just curious.


bennyprof


Feb 25, 2008, 8:50 PM

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Hmm. Nobody seems to know much about Penn State. I hardly ever see it talked about here on the boards. Or have I just missed the discussion, somehow? Anybody else here apply who's as in the dark about this program as I am?


molybdenum


Feb 25, 2008, 10:44 PM

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Re: [bennyprof] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

I am in the same boat. Even my friends that have attended Penn State (in other departments) haven't heard too much about it. That being said, it is a huge school, but it is surprising there isn't more info out there.


umass76


Feb 25, 2008, 10:56 PM

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Hi all,

FWIW... the work I've done thus far on the Creative Writing MFA Handbook suggests that PSU is a top forty program overall with a slight fiction emphasis and a top twenty funding package (obviously made even more valuable by the three-year duration of the program). The faculty isn't necessarily particularly remarkable, but the student-to-faculty ratio is above-average (3:1). Comparable programs, reputation-wise (based on polling): George Mason, Arizona State, Colorado State. Unfortunately, no data is available on application numbers or acceptance rate, at least not that I've ever seen. Just my two cents--

Best,
Seth

The Suburban Ecstasies
http://www.sethabramson.blogspot.com/


(This post was edited by umass76 on Feb 25, 2008, 11:13 PM)


green sneakers

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Feb 26, 2008, 12:01 AM

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Re: [ejdifili] H-town [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi all,

The UH faculty is reviewing apps right now. They don't notify until mid-March because only the fiction/poetry faculty are allowed to read apps.

I was already making a new list of schools to apply to this year when I got my call from Houston; I'm sure the same can be said for a lot of other people on this board who are now in their first year at a program they'd all but given up on. It's still early. No despairing!

Best of luck....


sicofelephants


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Feb 26, 2008, 12:43 AM

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Houston already? oh ye gods! </done in my best impersonation of Principal Skinner after he sees his kitchen catch on fire>.

It is pretty sexy knowing that faculty members actually read all the applications. I'll actually be in Houston right around the time they notify. It will make things significantly easier to then go enthusiastically high five/mourn at the feet of the faculty, depending on what they tell me.

You wouldn't happen to know how high the stacks of portfolios are this year, would you?


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Adam
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Feb 26, 2008, 9:39 AM

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Re: [umass76] Crazy [In reply to] Can't Post

Has anyone heard anything from University of Pittsburgh? Just curious.


Sugah


Feb 26, 2008, 10:00 AM

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Has anyone heard anything from University of Pittsburgh? Just curious.


I haven't, pensive. I'm beginning to think that the proverbial powers that be are following the msg. boards & blogs, just waiting for the perfect moment to make the internet equivalent of a dramatic entrance!

Sug pauses for a deep breath...

I think I'll go cook something or clean a closet. Anything to get away from this screen.

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http://sugahsshack.blogspot.com


(This post was edited by Sugah on Feb 26, 2008, 10:00 AM)


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Adam
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Feb 26, 2008, 10:10 AM

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I wish it were that simple for me. It's bad enough that I spend my work day in front of a computer, but now the network is down and all anyone in the office can do is cruise the internet. I'm haunted.

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