Submission Guidelines

Novel Extra Semester Application

Due:

mid-September/mid-March

Current Deadline:

March 11, 2020

Who is Eligible:

Students who have completed two semesters of study and who have completed and revised at least 100 pages of a novel draft.

What to Submit:

  1. One page from the student detailing the project;
  2. One short email from the current supervisor supporting the request (emailed to Deb); and
  3. 100 pages of the novel in progress

Length of Sample:

100 pages of the novel in progress

Formatting:

  • 1” margins on all sides, 12-point font (serif fonts preferred)

How/What/How Many to Submit:

Emailed (as .doc or .pdf) directly to Deb (dallbery@warren-wilson.edu)

For more information, see page 52 of the Program Handbook.

Additional Genre Application

Due:

mid-September/mid-March

Current Deadline:

March 11, 2020

Who is Eligible:

Any student in good academic standing who is making consistent, timely progress toward completion of degree requirements. Although the board will consider persuasive exceptions, additional-genre semesters are viewed as most appropriate for students who have completed an approved Degree Essay.

What to Submit:

  1. A recommendation for the project from a previous or current supervisor, submitted by the supervisor directly to the Program Director, Debra Allbery (dallbery@warren-wilson.edu)
  2. An articulate, persuasive statement outlining the project and its relevance to the primary course of study; and
  3. A writing sample in the proposed genre

Length of Sample:

  • Fiction: 25 pages
  • Poetry: 10 pages
  • Creative Nonfiction: 25 pages

Formatting:

  • 1” margins on all sides, 12-point font (serif fonts preferred)

How/What/How Many to Submit:

Electronic copy directly to the Program Director (dallbery@warren-wilson.edu).

For more information, see page 51 of the Program Handbook.

Degree Essay

Essay Cover Page (PDF)    Essay Cover Page (Word)

MLA Documentation Guidelines

MLA 8th Edition Changes

Due:

mid October/mid April

Current Deadline:

April 8, 2020

What to Submit:

Full essay in MLA format with title page and bibliography. The cover page should follow the template on page 16 of the Handbook.

Length of Essay:

30-50 pages

Formatting and Printing:

  • 1” margins on all sides
  • 12-point font (serif fonts preferred)
  • Pagination in the upper right-hand header
  • Secured with a binder clip
  • Double-sided printing of the body of the essay is permitted; the title page must be single-sided

How/What/How Many to Submit:

1 email copy to your supervisor

2 hard copies and one digital copy (Word or PDF) to the MFA Office

International students may submit their essays via email to the MFA office.

For more information, see pages 12-13 of the Program Handbook.

Petition to Graduate

Due:

early September/early March

Current Deadline:

March 4, 2020

What to Submit:

The Petition to Graduate should include one-third to one-half of the final thesis manuscript. This sample should include your most polished, most representative work; material included in the Petition must appear in the final version of the Thesis, although further revision is permitted (indeed, expected). The Petition is viewed as a sample of the thesis-in-progress; the order of stories or poems does not matter. Please include a cover page with your name and address; a table of contents may be included but is not required.

Length of Sample:

1/3 to ½ of the final thesis manuscript, typically as follows:

  • Fiction: 35-45 pages
  • Poetry: 15-20 pages

Formatting and Printing:

  • 1” margins on all sides, 12-point font (serif fonts preferred)
  • Single-sided preferred

How/What/How Many to Submit:

One hard copy and one digital copy to the MFA office.

Thesis Manuscript

Thesis Cover Page

Due:

Late November/late May, one week after the last day of the semester

Current Deadline:

May 27, 2020

What to Submit:

The Thesis Manuscript is a collection of original work (poems, short stories, chapters of a novel) generated or substantially revised while in the Program.

The thesis manuscript should include a title page (as shown in the program handbook) and a table of contents.

Length of Thesis: (students must strictly adhere to these page limits)

Fiction: 70-100 pages

Poetry: 30-50 pages

Thesis Manuscript Formatting:

  • 1” margins on all sides
  • 12-point font (serif fonts preferred)
  • Pagination in the upper right-hand corner with page 1 as the first page of the thesis manuscript
  • Single-sided preferred (double sided printing of the body of the thesis is permitted; the title page must be single-sided)
  • Manuscript pages should be secured with a binder clip.

How/What/How Many to Submit:

  • 1 digital copy of the Thesis and the Comprehensive Bibliography to current supervisor
  • 1 digital copy of the thesis manuscript and comprehensive bibliography to the MFA Office along with the final evaluation form and the working journal or accepted annotations uploaded to the current Google form by the due date; note that your supervisor must receive their copy of your final evaluation no later than the last day of the semester.

  • 1 copy to each Thesis Committee member (format TBD by individual committee members).  Graduating students are provided with thesis committee information during the final week of the semester.

For more information, see pages 15-16 of the Program Handbook.

Thesis Volume

Thesis Cover Page    Thesis Volume Table of Contents

The thesis volume comprises the materials archived in the WWC library: the thesis manuscript, degree essay, and comprehensive bibliography.

Due:

During the graduating student’s final January/July Residency

Current Deadline:

July 2020

What to Submit:

All graduates must submit to the MFA Office a full, clean copy of the following during the final residency. The thesis volume submitted during the residency should be loose, in a box/folder, or secured with a binder clip. Single-sided printing is preferred for the thesis manuscript and degree essay; title pages must be single-sided.

The comprehensive bibliography may be printed double-sided.

The thesis volume submitted during the Residency should include:

  • Title page with provisions for approval signatures (see sample above)
  • Table of Contents (see sample above)
  • Manuscript, formatted as noted above
  • Degree Essay (listed in the Table of Contents as Appendix 1 to avoid repagination)
  • Comprehensive bibliography, formatted as noted above (listed in the Table of Contents as an Appendix 2 to avoid repagination)

The title page, table of contents, manuscript, and essay must be single-sided.

The comprehensive bibliography included in the thesis volume may be double-sided.

The thesis volume submitted during the residency should be loose, in a box/folder, or secured with a binder clip.

For more information, see pages 15-16 of the Program Handbook.