Southern Illinois University Carbondale

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Carbondale, IL
Poetry, Fiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2024
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Allison Joseph
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Judy Jordan, Allison Joseph
Fiction: Pinckney Benedict, Rafael Frumkin

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding. The program offers a tuition waiver and a stipend through teaching and research assistantships.

The application deadline for admission with assistantship support is February 1, with notification by April 1. The deadline for applicants for fellowships is January 15.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program hosts the student-run Little Grassy Literary Festival, a visiting writers series, and the student- and faculty-run Quill & Ink Literary Festival. Other features include internships and assistantships with Crab Orchard Review, the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, and the Saluki Writers Project. There is also a Podcasting Lab and VR (virtual reality) facility.


Ruth Awad, Curtis L. Crisler, Kerry James Evans, Rachel Furey, Sarah Jilek, Anna Leigh Knowles, Adrian Matejka, Michael Meyerhofer, Ben Percy, Jared Yates Sexton, Amie Whittemore, Melissa Scholes Young