increasing access to fully-funded MFA programs and building community among underrepresented writers

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Be a Reader with MFA App Review This Fall!

Want to see more underrepresented writers admitted to fully funded MFA programs?

We are looking for poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative non-fiction interested in helping us to review writing samples and personal statements for MFA applicants who self-identify as people of color, undocumented, Indigenous/Aboriginal, and/or trans or non-binary.

You Are Eligible to be a Reader If You:

Identify as a writer of color, an Indigenous/Aboriginal writer, and/or as a queer/trans/non-binary writer. MFA App Review aims to foster community and to increase connections between POC, trans, and non-binary writers of various experiences. We understand that many new writers do not have access to a wide variety of readers for their work. We exist to connect new writers with the kinds of readers from whom they are most excited to receive feedback.  

We ask that each reader:

Review one eligible MFA applicant’s writing sample (up to 10 pages of poetry or up to 30 pages of fiction or creative non-fiction) and—if the applicant chooses to submit it—their statement of purpose. Readers who would like to review more than one manuscript are welcome to do so, please just let us know!

Schedule a 40-minute phone conference with the applicant in order to discuss their submitted materials.  Usually the applicant will provide a few questions for the reader to consider when reviewing their sample, which the reader can then use to guide the phone discussion. There is no need to share a written response to the work with the applicant in addition to the call. If a call is logistically tough or otherwise unappealing, some reader-applicant pairs decide on another form of feedback (a written crit letter, for example).

Maintain confidentiality by not sharing any aspect of the writing sample they are assigned to with anyone but the writer, for any reason.

Email us at with the following pieces of information: a few sentences about yourself; the MFA program or programs with which you are or were affiliated; any languages other than English that you read or speak; and your interest (or lack thereof) in speculative fiction. We'd also love to know whether there are any themes or topics you'd be particularly interested to read about or engage with.

applying to an MFA program this year? 

Click on the Apply tab at the top of the page to learn about how to get your application manuscript reviewed. 

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