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

NHIA 2018 Writing Award






New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Writing Award: Narratives in Prose, Poetry, and Hybridity

Deadline: October 31st, 2018 by 5pm EST
Judges: Every submission will be carefully considered by a panel of faculty from NHIA’s MFA in Writing Program.

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.

NHIA is looking for submissions from new and emerging writers looking to network with the literary community. We appreciate any genre that successfully tells a story with innovation and purpose (a familiar story told with unexpected tools and techniques; a new story told in a traditional way; surprise us!). Additionally, pieces that speak to the theme The Rest* are encouraged, but not required.

The Grand Prize:

The writer granted New Hampshire’s Institute of Art’s 2018 Writing Award will:

  • Receive a $100 prize.
  • Have their work premiered at our annual PechaKucha event on November 13th, 2018 in Manchester, NH.
  • Be featured on NHIA’s website at
  • Optional: receive a fee waiver for an NHIA MFA application and opportunity for scholarship upon acceptance.

Finalists will:

Be featured on NHIA’s website
Optional: receive a fee waiver for an NHIA MFA application and opportunity for scholarship upon acceptance.


  • Submission period is open August 15th – October 31st, 2018.
  • No more than 1,500 words from any writing genre.
  • Email submissions as a .doc or .pdf attachment to by 5pm EST on October 31st.
  • 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.

We look forward to experiencing your work!
Please direct any questions to or Beth Ann Miller at 603-836-2122.

*The Rest is the space between things: “negative space” in a work of visual art; a narrative pause in literature, comedy, or drama; the literal rest in a musical composition. The Rest could also be viewed as a space of difference, one which we navigate in life and art. This is the theme that our January 2019 MFA Residency will focus on. A submission that addresses this theme will emphasize our dedication to collaboration and cross-pollination within the art world. To learn more about our themed residencies, click here.


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