McNeese State MFA in Creative Writing

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

McNeese State University offers a three year, 60 hour, residential MFA in Creative Writing.

At this stage in the process, we do not require any application fees. We want to make sure this is the right place for you.

All you need to do to begin the McNeese MFA application process is send us your work and a brief letter (one page) describing what you want out of an MFA program, why McNeese sounds appealing, and why you are interested in teaching first-year English composition (some graduate students accepted into our program may be offered opportunities to tutor in the writing center their first year and to teach composition in their second and third years).

In your letter, please list two e-mail contacts for people who might serve as a reference for you. 

Attach a writing sample that you believe best represents your aesthetic and skills as a writer (a maximum of 20 pages for fiction, 10 pages for poetry). 

For every opening, we receive many applications each year. We keep the program small in order to have close, personal relationships with students and to ensure that our students have individual conferences with guest writers.

If you think it would help in our decision, you may also attach a .pdf of your transcripts and letters of recommendation; however, this is not required at this stage.

Applicants interested in the MFA program must submit material by February 21 for the following Fall. If you have any questions about the application process or the MFA program in general, contact the program Director,  Michael Horner,

Please note that we do not offer any online options for the MFA program. Applications in this area are for our full residential program, which does require in-person attendance.

McNeese State MFA in Creative Writing