Information for English Students
Creative Writing Announcements
Please read on for information that will be of interest to creative writers in the Department of English:
1. Applying for ENGLISH 3850, the Creative Writing seminar
2. Entering your writing in the GRAHAM ATLANTIC CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE
1) For students interested in applying for the 2017/18 creative writing seminar, here are some important details about the course
and how to apply for admission.
ENGLISH 3850, the Creative Writing seminar, is a senior-level, full-year, 6 credit course running on Friday
afternoons from September through April. The course is workshop style, which means it is hands-on and critique-oriented.
The seminar work is based on the new, original writing regularly produced by each course participant and the peer-review,
critique and discussion generated by the work each week: each participant writes a new assignment in various genres every other week,
and distributes copies of the work to the class for discussion in the following week’s session; because of the emphasis on
discussion and critique, the department caps the enrollment in order to keep the class size manageably small.
You can apply to the course by submitting a portfolio of original writing by this year’s deadline of TUESDAY April 18, 2017
at 4:00 p.m.. We will notify you shortly after the application deadline, but this depends on the number of
applications submitted: if a high number of applications are received, the process will take longer. You might want to register
for another course as a back-up choice until you are notified whether or not you’ve been accepted into the seminar.
Portfolios should contain 6-8 pieces of your strongest original work; this work can be in any genre with the exception
of academic essays or journalism (although creative non-fiction is welcome). If you write longer works such as novels
or plays, please include only a section or chapter along with a brief overview of the entire work.
Along with these samples of your writing, please include a brief cover letter containing your contact information and
email address, what year of study you’ll be entering at Mount Allison in Fall 2017 (this is important to include, since
we prioritize students who are entering their final year), and what you hope to gain from and bring to the course.
Applications should be submitted in an envelope marked “English 3850 Application” and handed in at the English
Department office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; all material will be kept confidential.
If you have any questions feel free to contact email@example.com meanwhile, we wish you all the best with
2) Submissions are invited for this year’s GRAHAM ATLANTIC CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE.
Submissions of original creative writing are welcome for this year’s Graham Atlantic Prize contest in creative
writing. Interested students may submit work (poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction) up to a maximum
of 12 pages.
The submission deadline is TUESDAY April 18, 2017. Work should be submitted in an envelope clearly marked
“GRAHAM ATLANTIC CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST” and given to the secretary in the English Department
office; your name should appear on the envelope only, not on the work itself. Please do not submit original
copies, as entries cannot be returned. All entries are read anonymously by the Graham Prize selection committee.
Again, we wish you the best of luck with all your creative endeavors, and look forward to reading your work.
Beyond the B.A.
Organizations, Competitions, & Awards
English Organizations, Competitions & Awards