Best of the Best

The work of our faculty is among the best creative work being published today. But don’t take our word for it. Each year, prestigious anthologies such as the The Best American series, The Pushcart Prize collection, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories compile the finest fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published from the previous year. Rare is the year when the Writing Seminars faculty isn’t represented in their pages. How rare, you ask? Take a tally in the following slideshow.

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Top of the List

In its 2007 fiction issue, The Atlantic published a guide to the nation's best graduate programs in creative writing: The Bennington Writing Seminars was distinguished as one of the top five low-residency MFA programs.

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A Bennington Legacy

Seven Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, the youngest Man Booker Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius,” countless New York Times bestsellers, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people—this is Bennington’s literary legacy.

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Moving into its 20th year, the Bennington Writing Seminars is looking to deepen its commitment to provide tuition assistance for students in every genre. The program has six designated scholarship funds offering financial aid based on merit and need. Students accepted to the program are automatically considered for the scholarships available in their genre. The funding for these scholarships and the Writing Seminars Alumni Fund is made possible by the generosity of program alumni.

MFAW scholarships

  • Jane Kenyon Scholarship Fund

  • Lucy Grealy Scholarship Fund

  • Liam Rector Scholarship Fund

  • Jason Shinder Scholarship Fund

  • Barry Hannah Scholarship Fund

  • Writing Seminars Alumni Fund

  • Writing Seminars Diversity Scholarship