MFA Greensboro

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Application Deadline

Applications for Fall admission must be made online and postmarked no later than January 1.

How to Apply

Our application process consists of two parts: the first part is an online application to UNCG’s Graduate School; the second is a writing sample that you upload below.

Part I: Online Application to the Graduate School

You can complete the online portion of your application by following the instructions on the Graduate School’s website: http://grs.uncg.edu/prospective/.

This online application will include basic biographical information, your academic history, three letters of recommendation, college transcripts, GRE scores, a curriculum vitae or resume,  a copy of your writing sample, and an application fee.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro requires all its graduate students, including those admitted to the MFA Program Writing Program, to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test. An official copy of the GRE general test scores should be reported to UNCG before admission. The GRE Subject Test in English is not required for admission to the MFA Writing Program.

UNCG does not send notice of receipt of materials. The new online system allows you to check the status of your application.

Part II: Writing Sample

You should upload your writing sample below.

Writing Samples: fiction samples may include one short story, several short stories, or a section of a novel, and must not exceed 30 pages in length using 12 point type, standard fonts like Times New Roman, one-inch margins, and double-spacing. Poets should send no more than 10 pages of poetry.  Formatting is the same as fiction, except that poems can be single-spaced.  We encourage you to put your name and page number on all manuscript pages. Please do not exceed our page maximums: we remove pages in excess of 30-page maximum before our readers see the material.  Manuscript submissions should be uploaded no later than application deadline.

Our address is:

MFA Writing Program, 3302 MHRA Building, UNCG, Greensboro, NC 27402.

You can apply to our program in both fiction and poetry, but in the event of acceptance, you would be admitted to just one and will not have the option of enrolling in the other genre. Should you choose to apply to both genres, you only need to submit one online application with its associated fee. You can upload both genre writing samples below.

Due to the large volume of application materials received, we asks that applicants do not phone or email us to confirm receipt of a complete application. If there are missing materials we will contact you.