Poets & Writers Magazine has once again listed University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program among the nation’s top 10 low residency programs for creative writing.
The rankings were released by Poets & Writers in their September issue and were based on surveys of creative writing students nationwide. Low-residency creative writing programs were compared in five categories: popularity, selectivity, fellowship placement, job placement, and genres available for study. When compared with other programs Stonecoast was tied for 4th in the 2013 popularity survey and 8th in a 6-year popularity study. Stonecoast was also listed as 4th in job placement.
“Having taught at Stonecoast MFA since ‘day one,’ I felt proud to open my Poets & Writers MFA program issue and see our highest-ever rankings,” says Stonecoast Faculty member Elizabeth Searle. “In the past several years Stonecoast has really come together in every way. Our students are publishing more widely than ever and are supporting each other as we have always done at Stonecoast. It’s great to see that acknowledged from the outside, and even better to experience from the inside what a lively and dynamic literary community we have built at Stonecoast.”
Stonecoast students are also pleased about the ranking. First semester student Kristabelle M. says, “Stonecoast MFA is so much more than a writing program. This place is life changing. The mentors are brilliant. I am so happy I chose Stonecoast MFA.”
To read more about how the statistics on rankings were compiled read “2014 MFA Index: Further Reading” on the Poets & Writers website, http://www.pw.org/magazine.