Admissions

The New Writers Project only admits students for the fall semester. Admissions for Fall 2022 will open on August 1st, 2021. The application deadline is December 3rd, 2021.

Please see How to Apply for more details.

We are a fully-funded program. Please see our program description for more information about funding.

When reviewing your application, we consider all elements in the application file, including the statement of purpose and the letters of recommendation, but our focus is on the quality of your writing sample. Our selection among qualified candidates is a very competitive process. Meeting the minimum requirements specified above does not in any way ensure your acceptance into the program. In recent years we were able to admit less than 3% of applicants.

Please note: we offer concentrations in poetry and fiction only. We do not offer a concentration in creative nonfiction. While some of the writers who join us write nonfiction in addition to one of our primary genres, we are only able to accept applications and provide consistent course offerings in poetry and fiction.


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  • New Writers Project

    Department of English
    204 W 21st Street B5000
    Austin, Texas, 78712-1164
    (512) 471-4991