March of this year, I received a rejection letter from the University of Arizona. The letter went something like this:
“I am sorry to inform you that your application to the MFA program in Creative Writing was not accepted by the faculty admissions committee. The competition level for admission into the program was at a record high this year, with a large number of writers competing for relatively few slots. Our decision to admit is based on an evaluation of the full application packet, with particular emphasis on the writing sample. Due to the large number of applications we receive, it is impossible for us to critique individual applications. Know that your application was given careful consideration and that, unfortunately, we we must turn down many worthy writers every year.
We wish you the very best as you continue your writing career.”
I received seven of these letters; some were brief, others were encouraging. What stood out of this letter was how they are aware that they turn down “worthy writers every year.” How promising does that sound? However, if I’m so worthy, why wasn’t I accepted? Exactly.
I’m not applying for the 2011 academic year but I will apply for Fall 2012. Who knows? By then, I might not even want to attend an MFA program anymore. For now, that’s the goal. Moving forward with that goal means writing and reading like a maniac. Baby steps…