Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art

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New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 2019 Writing Award

Storytelling is a fundamental principle of many art forms, whether it’s poetry, marketing, transmedia, a tweet, or a short story. The New Hampshire Institute of Art’s MFA in Writing program is centered around the idea of deeply examining stories that effectively communicate an idea in any genre. This can manifest in countless ways, from a new lens on traditional storytelling, to experimentation in the resistance of convention.

This spring,
The New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Writing Award is looking for an innovative and/or experimental flash piece in any genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, or cross-genre). Pieces should be 1500 words or less. The contest will be judged anonymously. Every submission will be carefully considered by a panel of faculty from NHIA’s MFA in Writing Program.Click here to view the judges.

First prize: $100, have your work featured at our April 27 Open Mic Night, a fee waiver and partial scholarship if applying to NHIA’s MFA in Writing program, and a feature in NHIA’s online forum.

Second and third prizes: fee waiver and partial scholarship if applying to NHIA’s MFA in Writing program and a feature in NHIA’s online forum.

For questions regarding the MFA Program and scholarships, please email gradadmissions@nhia.edu

Spring 2019 Writing Award Guidelines:

  • Deadline is April 15, 2019.
  • No more than 1,500 words in any writing genre.
  • Email submissions as a .doc or .pdf attachment to gradprograms@nhia.edu by 5pm EST on April 15.
  • Include your name, phone number, submission title, and a brief bio in the body of your email.
  • Please remove personal identification information from your submission document to ensure anonymity.

 

Fall 2018 Writing Award

Storytelling is a fundamental principle of many art forms, whether it’s poetry, marketing, transmedia, a tweet, or a short story. The New Hampshire Institute of Art’s MFA in Writing program is centered around the idea of deeply examining stories that effectively communicate an idea in any genre. This can manifest in countless ways, from a new lens on traditional storytelling, to experimentation in the resistance of convention.

This fall, NHIA requested submissions from new and emerging writers looking to network with the literary community. The NHIA Writing Award goes to Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto of Nigeria for his poetry selections, "It was not by chance." The award committee included MFA Writing Director Monica Bilson, Administrative Director of Graduate Studies and Writing Faculty Beth Ann Miller, and Dean of Graduate Studies Lucinda Bliss. They received submissions from all over the world, and after a blind peer review, selected the winner and two finalists.
 
“We picked Chinua’s poetry as the winner because of its distinct voice and idiosyncratic use of language,” Bilson said. “Each stanza has a surprise in it, whether it’s an unusual metaphor or striking image. His poetry makes you see everyday life through new eyes.”
 
The committee also picked two finalists, Amber Burke for her short story “What’s Left” and NHIA alumnus and admissions officer Matthew Gile for his poem, “Make a Pincer.”
 
“We had no idea the winner lived in Nigeria and one of the finalists was in the building next door until the judging process was over, but we were very pleased with the results!” Bilson added.
 

Congratulations to our winners!

Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto

 

Amber Burke

 

Matt Gile

“It Was Not By Chance”

 

“What’s Left”

 

“To Make a Pincer”

 










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