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Caroline W.


Feb 25, 2008, 2:58 PM

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hi everyone. i'm new here, but lovin' this messageboard (can't believe it took me so long to find it!)

so, i'm a senior in college right now, graduating (hopefully!) in may, and only applied to one program, iowa, for poetry. my plan was actually to wait a year and then apply to like twenty schools or something, but i figured i might as well apply to iowa now, and on the outside chance they took me i'd obviously go. kind of like buying a lottery ticket. but now i'm starting to wonder if this was a stupid plan. if i get rejected this year with a writing sample that's inferior to what i'll have next year, will it hurt me that i applied before? has anyone had this experience?

for the record, i'm not rejected yet, but i'm not holding my breath either...

peace, and good luck to all of you!


monarca


Feb 25, 2008, 3:12 PM

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From what I understand, I don't think it'll hurt you. If you apply with a new and improved writing sample, that's the only thing that the decision will be based on. I haven't had your experience, but I've spent a lot of time on these boards and other blogs and that would be my guess.


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Feb 25, 2008, 3:56 PM

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If they even remember the failed application (if it fails), they'll look at the new one and be impressed by how much progress you've made. (Of course, if you haven't made any progress, it won't help.)


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Caroline W.


Feb 25, 2008, 4:21 PM

Post #204 of 466 (13290 views)
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thank you both. this is helpful. it's weird, after i sent off my aplication i pretty much put it out of my mind. i told myself "don't think about it" but now that people are starting to find out that they got in i can't STOP thinking about it. here's hoping you all get into iowa or wherever else you applied. goodluck!!!!!


kdolenz


Feb 26, 2008, 12:14 AM

Post #205 of 466 (13158 views)
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So in addition to checking the threads in the speakeasy compulsively every five minutes and losing hope with every new post about a phone call from James Galvin, I've been trying to find out everything I can about the Iowa program, which makes me all the more desperate to get in there and all the more convinced I won't. So today I was checking out the Iowa Wikipedia page-and I know, I know, Wikipedia is not the most reliable source on the web, etc, etc, but I still like it and find it "mostly" reliable, and plus it's a good distraction--so I'm checking it out, and I mean, I knew that a lot of famous poets went to Iowa and stuff, but man, it was like the friggin' contemporary canon. So here's just a few of the ones I wrote down to send to my friend (who's in the same boat): Robert Bly, Rita Dove, Donald Justice, Mark Strand, James Tate, Philip Levine, Galway Kinnell, Jorie Graham, Charles Wright, W.D. Snodgrass, Stephen Dobyns, Robert Dana, Norman Dubie, Marvin Bell, Thomas Lux, etc, etc, etc . . . ridiculous, right? Just thought I'd share, since this discovery made me on the one hand kind of excited, and on the other hand kind of freaked out. Is it bad luck for me to be doing this type of thing? Vaguely masochistic? I don't know. There's not much else to do, and not much else I've been thinking about, except the one other school I've heard from, which has forunately accepted me.

Ok, time to go sleep. Think I've done enough stressing out for today. Hope all of your MFA dreams come true, folks.


martis


Feb 26, 2008, 12:27 AM

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Kdolenz,

thanks for the info. i had no idea mark strand there, but i guess that makes sense. i've been doing the same type of compulsive research on the palces I've applied, so I know where you're coming from. sometimes the stuff you find out is kind of humbling, especially when you're talking about a place like iowa. I don't know if it's healthy, but it's probably no worse than lurking around here, which is basically all i do lately. hope you can sleep. i'll probably be up another few hours checking the messageboards.


golic


Feb 26, 2008, 1:12 AM

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I'm starting to wonder about the one reported phone call from Iowa for fiction. Why only one??? I realize not everyone who gets in reports it, but if they presumably call everyone at once, wouldn't more people have reported it? Anyone else wondering the same thing as me?


(This post was edited by golic on Feb 26, 2008, 1:14 AM)


monarca


Feb 26, 2008, 9:09 AM

Post #208 of 466 (13054 views)
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Haven't there been a few (between here, Seth's blog and Godfrey's)? I know, on Seth's blog, there were three (Fiona, am, and hmm...) and I think there's been one or twon on this board.

Iowa is the only I'm holding out hope for even with other acceptances going out. They take their time and call some people and others just get a letter in the mail. I'm freaked out, though. So far I've only got one rejection, from Cornell. I feel like that doesn't give me any idea of what my other applications will turn out like. SO many great people get rejected by Cornell... but then again, so do lots of mediocre or bad writers. What will Iowa think? I have no idea!

Come on, Iowa! Call me! I know you have my number!


riddlefish


Feb 26, 2008, 9:47 AM

Post #209 of 466 (13023 views)
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I'm in the same boat. I wish I had a better idea of where I stand so I can be more realistic about my expectations. Even if I were waitlisted at Iowa, at least I'd know I have somewhat of a chance with some of my other schools...

I immediately threw away my Cornell rejection letter; I suppose I could have been more creative. Perhaps I'll put my future rejection letters to better use. What did everyone else do with theirs?


phillywriter


Feb 26, 2008, 10:06 AM

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Yeah, yeah, until I get or see something official, I'm going to assume I'm still in the running. This whole process is wacky. The more I read, the more that becoes evident. But yeah, Iowa is probably the only one I really care about. Any other rejection will be disappointing, but a rejection from Iowa will hurt.


monarca


Feb 26, 2008, 10:43 AM

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Did anyone else see on Seth's blog that there are 920 applicants to Iowa this year, in fiction alone?

WOW.

Surprisingly, that makes me feel ok. I'm already scared and nervous, but it might make a rejection go down a bit easier knowing that there are 896 other writers (minus, I suppose, the waitlist) feeling that same sting.


phillywriter


Feb 26, 2008, 9:07 PM

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920 for fiction alone!?! Boy, that's scary. I guess the only positive is that it won't sting so bad if/when I get rejected.


golic


Feb 26, 2008, 9:18 PM

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monarca,

Where did you see that number? I looked everywhere on Seth's blog, but couldn't find it.


ecletters


Feb 26, 2008, 10:24 PM

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For anyone who is interested, I'll confirm for you the 920 number, I was at the reading when Ethan Canin said it. I don't know if this helps but I applied to Iowa, Michigan, Calif Coll of Arts, UVA, Columbia and Brown. I only got in to Iowa and CCA.


martis


Feb 27, 2008, 12:07 AM

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You're kidding. 920 Fiction applications! Anyone know the numbers for poetry?


monarca


Feb 27, 2008, 9:09 AM

Post #216 of 466 (12662 views)
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Golic, he made a comment way down on the string of comments on the accpetance entry (in response to someone else). The text of it is:
"Seth Abramson said...
Hi Kristin,

You're in luck(!)--this website has the largest compilation of application-number data that (I'm pretty sure) there is. Almost fifty schools, including most of the top fifty programs, are listed. It's on the right-hand sidebar, at the top, where it says "acceptance rates." In the table for acceptance rates is the data for numbers of applications per school (the most recent data I could find, and in many cases the only data I was able to find anywhere). Keep in mind these numbers do fluctuate from year to year; for instance, NYU has gone as low at 650 and as high as 900 in just a four-year span, and Iowa had 920 in fiction this year, an increase of 170 over just last year (when they got 750).

To everyone else,

I'm so happy for all of you who've received good news, and am pulling for all those still waiting(!) Best wishes and good luck to all,

Seth"


Taryn_S


Feb 27, 2008, 4:52 PM

Post #217 of 466 (12526 views)
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When I spoke with James Galvin about my poetry acceptance @ Iowa, he quoted me a # between 500-600 for poetry apps if I remember correctly.


eek311


Feb 28, 2008, 12:03 AM

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i'm in for poetry. was called on the phone last sunday 2.24. still hoping to hear from brown, but that sounds like a pipe dream at this point. in any case, iowa's a great program and it sounds like i'll be well funded.


abardaglio


Feb 28, 2008, 5:11 PM

Post #219 of 466 (12189 views)
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hi all,

for any nonfiction iowa applicants out there who weren't emailed on the 15th (i'm in this boat)--i called to check about a missing transcript (little late on that game i guess) and they said letters are going out in the next week or so.


danceanielle
Dani

Feb 28, 2008, 6:18 PM

Post #220 of 466 (12129 views)
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abardagalio- does this mean there are more nonfiction acceptances on the way via postal mail, or that the letters will all be denials?


abardaglio


Feb 28, 2008, 6:25 PM

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wish i could tell you! i didn't push the question.

good luck


danceanielle
Dani

Feb 28, 2008, 6:26 PM

Post #222 of 466 (12114 views)
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Either way, you have given me a beautiful little sliver of hope, so thanks!


martis


Feb 29, 2008, 3:21 PM

Post #223 of 466 (11954 views)
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Any new poetry accepatances or rejections from Iowa reported?


monarca


Feb 29, 2008, 4:47 PM

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Anyone gotten accepted by postal mail, yet? Or just with phone calls? (At this point I'm holding out hope to be one of the ones notified by mail. I haven't heard a word.)


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Feb 29, 2008, 5:27 PM

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Unable to stand the suspense any longer and tired of checking my mailbox, I called Iowa this morning to ask when fiction acceptance letters were going out. I told the woman on the phone that I knew some folks had gotten acceptances over the phone already, and asked whether everyone accepted is supposed to get a call. She was nice, but she kind of cut me off gently and said that the people who got called were called because they were missing something, like a transcript or rec, etc. So then I was like, "No, no, these people said they got IN," and she kind of stumbled a bit and repeated her point: "Well, yes, but also they were probably missing something." Then I said, "So...just because I didn't get a call yet, I shouldn't assume that I didn't get in?" And she said that's right, and that the letters would go out Mon or Tues. Sounded rather like damage control to me, but I can understand why. She was very cordial and I appreciated her taking the time to answer my question anyway; I'm sure they're completely swamped over there. So...I guess that means the rest of us uncalled folks should hopefully get something in the mail by the end of next week? (Note: I only asked about acceptance letters, not rejections, so I don't know whether those will also be mailed on Mon or Tues. Although I kind of wonder...maybe acceptance letters already went out this week--though no one seems to have reported as such on the Speakeasy or the blogs--and what's actually going out on Mon or Tues are the rejections? Who knows...) Here's to holding on to the last shreds of hope! :O


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