application requirements

Application Form

All parts of the application will be completed online. The application form will include contact information, education history, any publications and awards, and work history. Note that admission decisions are made without regard to financial need.

Application Statement

You will be asked to prepare an application statement and to upload this statement as a separate document. Please indicate within roughly two full paragraphs why you wish to attend the School of Letters, what has led you to this opportunity, and what you'd hope to gain from the experience.

Writing Sample

For applicants to the MFA program, the writing sample should include 8-10 pages of poems, or 15-25 pages of fiction or literary nonfiction. These can be uploaded via .pdf.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations should come directly from former professors or other persons able to evaluate your potential for graduate study. You will provide their names and email addresses, and they will be contacted automatically by email to complete a recommendation form and also upload a letter of recommendation.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges and graduate schools previously attended should be sent from those institutions directly to: Sewanee School of Letters, University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383. For electronic documents, use the email address