Creative Writing Program Portfolio Submission Form

All students applying for admission to the B.F.A. program in creative writing are required to submit a portfolio and interview with creative writing faculty. Applicants to the B.F.A. program are automatically considered for talent awards.

The B.A. program in creative writing does not require a portfolio review, but we encourage prospective B.A. students to submit their portfolios to be considered for talent awards.

Important Dates

December 15
Deadline for submitting portfolios for admission to the B.F.A. program or for Talent Awards
Mid-late January Creative writing faculty contact portfolio applicants to schedule on-campus interviews
(Skype interviews can be arranged when necessary)
Early February The Portfolio Sessions: portfolio applicants meet with a team of creative writing faculty to discuss their work
Mid-February Creative writing faculty make final Talent Award and B.F.A. program admission decisions

Portfolio Guidelines

  • Portfolios should have a title page with your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Please number all of the pages except the title page, and include your last name with each page number: (“Fitzington – 2”).
  • Showcase your strongest creative writing in at least one genre:
    • 5-10 pages for poetry (single-spaced; start each poem on a new page)
      – or –
    • 6-10 pages for fiction or creative non-fiction (double-spaced; if submitting multiple pieces, start each on a new page)
      – or –
    • 8-15 pages for playwriting formatted using the following guidelines:
    • If you are submitting work in more than one genre, the entire sample should total 20 pages or less.
  • Complete the form below to submit your portfolio as a single MS Word or PDF file.

Need Help?

If you have questions about the portfolio submission process or if you run into any issues, please contact Professor Jeremy Llorence (jllorence@otterbein.edu).

Complete this form to submit your creative writing portfolio for review:

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, Max. file size: 5 MB.
    Please submit all your material in a single document using MS Word or PDF format.