University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Three-year program (54 credits)

Funding: Each admitted student receives a Michener Fellowship of $27,500 per academic year, plus remission of all required tuition and fees.  Support is renewed each year with satisfactory progress.  Students may also apply for Professional Development Funds to attend writing conferences or residencies, to fund research travel, or to use as a summer stipend while writing on a project.

Faculty: Michael Adams, Edward Carey, Oscar Casares, Steven Dietz, Liz Engelman, Laura Furman, Stephen Harrigan, Kurt Heinzelman, Stuart Kelban, Peter LaSalle, Richard Lewis, Kirk Lynn, James Magnuson, Elizabeth McCracken, Cynthia McCreery, Lisa Olstein, Charles Ramierz-Berg, Deb Olin Unferth, Dean Young

Application (Deadline Dec. 15):

  • Manuscript: up to 30 double-spaced pages totaling 1-2 stories for fiction (novel excerpts strongly discouraged); at least 10 poems of up to 25 pages for poetry; a feature-length (90-120 pgs) original screenplay (no adaptations accepted) for screenwriting; a full-length play or two one-act plays for playwrighting
  • Statement of purpose: no more than 350 words
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • General GRE scores
  • $65 application fee

Admission rate: “We receive close to 1000 applications annually for twelve seats in our program . . . Our current acceptance rate is less than one-half of 1% in fiction, and between 2% and 3% for the other genres.”


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