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golic


Feb 23, 2008, 12:32 PM

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PS. Do we know for sure that someone's been accepted to Iowa for Poetry?

sonata7,

I was just reporting what I saw on Seth Abramson's blog. 2 Fiction notifications by phone, 1 poetry, and a few non-fiction, which I don't think is actually connected to the Writers Wrokshop, although I may be wrong about that.

Has anyone on here heard from Iowa? I still haven't heard a peep.


golic


Feb 23, 2008, 12:43 PM

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PS. Do we know for sure that someone's been accepted to Iowa for Poetry?

sonata7,

I was just reporting what I saw on Seth Abramson's blog. 2 Fiction notifications by phone, 1 poetry, and a few non-fiction, which I don't think is actually connected to the Writers Wrokshop, although I may be wrong about that.

Has anyone on here heard from Iowa? I still haven't heard a peep.

CORRECTION: So Sorry All. I just realized that I was also looking at some of the response times from last year. This year Iowa has only notified one person in fiction and one person in non-fiction. Still no reports for poetry yet. Many aoplogies for my mistake.


monarca


Feb 23, 2008, 1:08 PM

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Hmm, maybe I'll have to take up blogging. I'm going to check the links some of you have already posted. Love it!

About the jealousy issue... I hope I never came off as rude or angry toward the people who commented on getting into multiple great programs. I know that everyone on this board is experiencing the same kind of anxiety that I am, so it was a place to vent and share. Even the ugly jealous parts. I don't think anyone has seriously wished harm on anyone or been mean. I'm grateful that everyone is posting their admissions, but that doesn't mean that it won't also make me feel pretty terrible at the same time. I'm sure that if these writers are getting into the top programs, they absolutely deserve it. But I don't think we have to all hold our tongues about the fact that while playing the waiting game, we're not thinking about 20 years down the line. We're thinking about 20 days down the line, or 20 weeks down the line.

Plus, this is the thread for commiserating and worrying, so I think it's fair to admit that it's not easy or automatic to feel happy for people who are getting lots of good news when you may not be getting the same.

Ok, now I'm off my soapbox. I'm really glad to "know" all of you. :)


Glinda Bamboo


Feb 23, 2008, 1:22 PM

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I read the post by that person who applied to 23 schools, and just thought I'd point out if she had ONLY applied to the 8 schools that all rejected her from March 10-25, she would have gotten in nowhere and might have felt kind of crappy about herself and her writing. But she applied to a massive number of schools and got into quite a few places -- I actually lost count. Anyway, while I wouldn't wish 23 applications on anyone, it's an interesting example of how this can be a total crapshoot, and that if you don't get into the schools you applied to this year, there's always hope for next year.

I'll leave with a quick example (I think I posted this sometime last year, as well). One of my writing mentors had a buddy who applied to Iowa. This guy was was a great writer who was well-published in lots of magazines, etc. His application was flat-out rejected. So the next year, he applied again -- with the exact same writing sample. He was not only accepted, but received one of the biggest fellowships Iowa gave out at the time. When they called to tell him the good news, he asked what happened; why had they accepted him with so much money this year, but rejected him the year before with the same sample? Apparently, they said something along the lines of, "We f--ked up."

Crapshoot, I'm telling you. This process does often recognize good writers for their brilliance and accept them, but for some of the other stars who find themselves sitting on the sidelines -- crapshoot. Don't take it personally.


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Hey all,
I wanted to share some hopeful info I gleaned from Kealey's blog.

I'm not going to cut and paste the comment here (because I don't want to anger the awesome person who posted it), but it can be found at this link, and the screenname is "Bolivia":

http://creative-writing-mfa-handbook.blogspot.com/.../02/acceptances.html



BLUECHEESE


Feb 23, 2008, 1:36 PM

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At Iowa there were a few non-fiction acceptances, and only 1 fiction acceptance (I think..)...

anyway, I know more than one person reported in non-fiction. It isn't connected to the IWW anyway.

Not a peep has been heard in terms of poetry.


Raignn



Feb 23, 2008, 2:02 PM

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We poets are getting screwed this year! Nothing from Iowa, IU, or Illinois yet!


candygirl


Feb 23, 2008, 2:07 PM

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What’s up with Oregon website? I cannot check my "admission/rejection" status three days in a row.
(Biting the nails) I had a dream too.. Not that I am Martin Luter King, but I do have a cat. My dream wasn’t about my cat though.. It was actually about a real "dream". Like someone called me that I got in Brown. And then I told myself "But it is just a dream" and woke up... Horror.. Anyway - the dream made sense since today I discovered that Brown actually sent some acceptance e-mails and I haven’t received one.


whyGA77


Feb 23, 2008, 3:11 PM

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If anyone is looking for a good distraction, my boyfriend bought me "Best New American Voices 2008" for Valentine's Day and I can't put it down. Just a bunch of short stories written by people with MFAs from many of schools to which we all have applied!

Many of the stories are brilliant and have really reinstated my desire to write through this crazy, anxious, often hopeless time!


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Adam
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Feb 23, 2008, 6:11 PM

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I just received a rejection letter from Western Michigan University in Fiction. I think I'm gonna make a paper mache middle finger out of all of my rejection letters. Sigh.

No doubt many of you have already read that I've written this on other blogs (as I'm sure you check them as incessantly as I do). I would lend more diverse responses on each, but I'm masochistically giving myself papercuts with my wondrous new rejection letter. Good luck to all.


candygirl


Feb 23, 2008, 6:34 PM

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I wouldn’t be upset with the rejection from Western Michigan. C’mon, its not Brown or Iowa! (I am trying to be nice, not that I know anything about Western Michigan.. ) If it will make you feel better I got rejected from University of Michigan.. Still living:)
By the way, if someone needs inspirational example... I have one. My girlfriend went through the same process (I mean applying to MFA) several years ago. She didn’t read the blogs, so she applied only to 5 schools, all in poetry. She got first rejection from McNeese State, got very upset, but not yet desperate. Then Colorado State rolled in, also rejection. A bit later U of Colorado sent her "no, no, no - thanks , no". I told her that she must relax and just "forget about it". Couple days later Wyoming apologized she wasn’t good enough for them.
Some say hope never dies, some think hope dies last - anyway, when eventually her hope was officially dead, she got acceptance to Oregon. University of Oregon. In the mail.
Her last program and the most prestigious among those to which she had applied.
Even today she still remembers the DAY , how she opened that thin envelope being 100% sure that it is rejection letter and couldn’t make sense how
McNeese State sent her flat out rejection and Oregon was interested enough to admit her without even putting her on the waitlist first.


mchard


Feb 23, 2008, 7:30 PM

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Candygirl,

How were you rejected to Michigan? Email? Letter? I'm really interested to find out. Any other Michigan rejections?

M.


candygirl


Feb 23, 2008, 7:32 PM

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No, I just guessed it :)))) (when I wasn’t e-mailed on 2/19 about being admitted or waitlisted.)


chelbeewrites


Feb 23, 2008, 7:36 PM

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I saw someone got accepted in poetry in Iowa on the I'M IN board...


Raignn



Feb 23, 2008, 8:30 PM

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I'd be upset!! Then again I'm odd. Western Michigan, Illinois, and IU are my top three schools. I wanted to stay in the Midwest and didn't apply to Michigan and Iowa for personal reasons.

If only one of those three schools would announce poetry acceptances!!

That being said, my husband decided every time I groan about having to wait tonight he's going to make me finish a beer.

I haven't had any dreams about my cats being accepted. I did have a dream that Virginia called to tell me I should just give up and be ditch digger though.


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I wouldn’t be upset with the rejection from Western Michigan. C’mon, its not Brown or Iowa! (I am trying to be nice, not that I know anything about Western Michigan.. ) If it will make you feel better I got rejected from University of Michigan.. Still living:)



BLUECHEESE


Feb 23, 2008, 10:44 PM

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Yep, there were one or two iowa calls today (depending on it being that same or different people in different posting locations aka here and seth's blog). Nothing to worry about yet, the whole iowa thing is a big process. Until you get the reject slip in the mail you don't know for sure.


bighark


Feb 23, 2008, 11:42 PM

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I'm sorry. I have to stick up for Western Michigan.

A fully funded program with a great journal and a hell of a faculty (they have Stuart Dybeck for crying out loud!)? I can understand why it would be in someone's top three.


umass76


Feb 24, 2008, 12:19 AM

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Bighark,

Hi there...I too think Western Michigan is a strong program (particularly in poetry), but I have to take issue with the assertion that the program is "fully-funded." It may well be, but that's not what the website says. The website says, regarding the availability of assistantships, "there is no set number of awards available in any given year." Unless it says that tuition is waived for all students (it doesn't say that either) and all students get assistantships, it isn't fully-funded. If I had to gauge based on website, I'd say the funding is only average.

S.


chitown


Feb 24, 2008, 10:02 AM

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Just my two cents about WMU- a good friend goes there, and he was waitlisted for funding (although eventually received it) so funding isn't an automatic guarantee. Also, Dybek is doing a writer-in-residence at Northwestern right now, so he isn't teaching at WMU. The general attitude is that Dybek is looking to stay full-time at Northwestern since he's from Chicago (though this bit is just hearsay.)


sicofelephants


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Feb 24, 2008, 10:36 PM

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Would anybody happen to know the word on the street about U Houston notifications? All I can tell is that mid-March is the earliest they usually say anything. I just had a vague notion that this year might be different--probably not, though. Anybody else even applying there? There doesn't seem to be an infestation of Houston hopefuls, unlike Iowa, Cornell, and Brown.


(This post was edited by sicofelephants on Feb 24, 2008, 10:36 PM)


dilton


Feb 25, 2008, 12:18 AM

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On ‘The People’s Pharmacy’ tonight a guest, Dr. Mark Liponis, warned of the detrimental effects holding one’s breath can have on the immune system and noted that we tend to unwittingly hold our breath when the phone rings and when we open emails. Clearly Dr. Liponis was letting MFA programs know that they are quite literally making us sick with suspense. I call for a humane end to the waiting (and the incessant inbox checking that goes with it, and the physical damage that goes with that) by way of swift and thorough acceptance notices.


Lyz
Lyz
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Feb 25, 2008, 9:24 AM

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Getting that first phone call did make it feel like I could breathe finally. It's nice to know I am in somewhere that I am excited about and come what may for the rest of them, I think I'm gonna be okay. Was that too even keeled for a writer? I'm afraid of being too well balanced, because, well what would I have to write about?


http://shopoftheheart.blogspot.com


ejdifili
Emily

Feb 25, 2008, 9:28 AM

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Elephants, I applied to Houston for fiction. I, too, was cheered by the fact that there don't seem to be 8 thousand other people knocking down the doors to get in there. Although, there probably are. And I don't know anything more than you about their application response time.


blarring


Feb 25, 2008, 9:47 AM

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I also applied to U Houston, and I am not holding my breath.



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"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



dickenscratch



Feb 25, 2008, 1:38 PM

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Rejected on Wisconsin-Madison's website today. Those were not good odds is what I keep telling myself.


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Adam
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Feb 25, 2008, 1:50 PM

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Okay, I heard that Wisconsin sent out rejections to all but 30 applicants, those they are still considering right? According to the website, if your status online hasn't changed it means they're still considering you. I went onto my gradapply account and it said I was still missing a recommendation, and nothing else. I called the program and the woman was really nice, but she wasn't sure what it meant. She said that if my status hasn't changed, even though I'm missing something, I'm probably still being considered. What does it all mean!? I'm running out of fingers to cross.

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