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Fall priority admission: February 1
Spring priority admission: November 1
Summer admission
Required materials
Application form and fee
Statement of purpose*
2 letters of recommendation
Writing Sample**

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*Statement of Purpose: Describe your current or planned genre focus and aesthetic aims, and explain how both are influenced by your past experiences as a reader and writer of literature.

**Writing sample:
Prose: Submission cannot exceed 25 pages.
Poem: 12 poems not exceeding 15 pages. Each poem must be submitted on a separate page.