Deadlines

Applications will be considered on a year-round basis, though our evaluation process will be most intensive in the periods after these key deadlines:

  • Early Action Deadline – November 30
  • Final Application Deadline – February 15

All admitted applicants become part of the cohort that begins the program on June 1st, at the start of the summer term. The summer term culminates in the August residency.

“I’m absolutely loving this program. not only do I feel like it’s taking my talents to a new level, it’s giving me the creative passion I so greatly needed at this point in my writing life.”

How to Apply

Step one – create your application account

Create your application account and pay the nonrefundable $40 application fee via our application portal.
Make sure to record your login and pin!

Step two – submit all required supporting items below:

Enter two references via the online application portal. This will send an email notification to your recommenders to follow a link and submit their letters of recommendation.

Upload application statement. This two-page statement should describe your background in writing, and your goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program. All pages should be double-spaced, using 10 or 12 point font, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right. You can also submit this later via email to gradadmission@plu.edu

Upload a creative writing sample representing your best work (15 pages of poetry or 30-40 pages of prose, or a genre mix not to exceed 40 pages). You may submit scanned copies of published work. In manuscript form, poetry may be single-spaced; prose should be double-spaced. All pages should be in 10 or 12 point font, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right. You can also submit this later via email to gradadmission@plu.edu

Upload a 500-word critical response to a literary work you have recently read. The response should be an illustration of your writerly intelligence and your critical abilities. All pages should be double-spaced, using 10 or 12 point font, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right. You can also submit this later via email to gradadmission@plu.edu

Note: Official transcript(s) of the highest previous degree earned do not need to be sent with your application. Transcripts will be requested of you upon notification of pending acceptance.