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fishfish24 last won the day on March 5 2021

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  1. Hey all! I took a (much needed and prolonged) break from gradcafe. Have to say, I missed the community! In any case, I'm a little daunted by the backlog of pages and wondering whether someone could update me on Michener waitlist news. Has there been any reported movement/debate here or on Draft (I never did get on there...). Thanks!!! Looking forward to catching up on everyone's good news:)
  2. Wish I had any news for you on that front, but there was no mention of poetry 😕
  3. Thank you SO much for celebrating with me! I can't tell you how great it is to be cheered on by this virtual crew/community whose individual fates I've come to care about so much in the past two months ❤️
  4. Thank you!! A personal email. My portal hasn't been updated yet.
  5. Babes, I was just waitlisted at Michener for fiction!! ❤️❤️❤️
  6. Lol, so yesterday was my birthday and NWP sent me my rejection email, six hours apart, *twice* 😂
  7. Haha, I did EXACTLY the same thing.
  8. Welcome! It's okay, we don't bite! (Well, except a certain recurring troll, but you'll know him when you see him...). My advice: there's a fine line between overanalyzing your applications once they're in (and beating yourself up for weaknesses you find) and bringing a calm critical eye to them with a mind toward improving for the next round if you don't get in. Personally, I polished my fiction writing sample extensively, but I have a background as an editor and a poet, so I'm meticulous about errors and extremely particular about word choice, sound, juxtaposition, etc. That said, those quali
  9. Congrats!!!! I, too, am out of reactions, haha. But very happy for you:)
  10. Hey, sorry to hear you're having a rough time of it. I'm also really struggling with rejections this year (it's my second round applying). What comforts me the most is recalling people who've been rejected from five or seven programs only to be accepted at Iowa or Michener or Hellen Zell. Those stories serve as a great reminder not to measure yourself by rejections. And remember, if a program takes 4 writers and has a 5-person waitlist, you could be number 10 or number 1000 and you wouldn't know the difference from a form rejection. Try to have faith in your work, take comfort in group critiqu
  11. Someone just posted a fiction acceptance from Notre Dame...
  12. Glad it's helpful! Yeah, Minnesota was a little brutal, haha. I actually don't have any offers so far this cycle, but I still have five programs to hear back from, so I'm just going to hope...
  13. Haha, thank you so much. Actually super grateful for the vote of confidence. I've gotten straight rejections so far this year. And I know my application was stronger this cycle. Just goes to show how hard it is to make predictions about this process!
  14. I think it largely depends on the program. For instance, more sought-after, fully funded programs are (I think) more likely to get who they want, and I think there's generally not much movement on their waitlists. But the big exception there is that if the programs are of roughly equal standing and are looking for similar qualities in applicants, they're often vying for one another's applicants (for example, I know Iowa and Michener often have overlap). In terms of personal experience, I was waitlisted for half the programs I applied to last year (Minnesota, Madison-Wisconsin, and Michene
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