No Fanfiction, Please

October 23, 2013 | 2

For those of you who were not on Twitter yesterday, the novelist Elizabeth McCracken tweeted a series of tips for applying to MFA fiction programs. Among other bits of good advice, she says it’s generally best to apply with a solid short story rather than a novel chapter.

is a staff writer for The Millions. He lives in New York.


  1. Can someone tweet tips on how we can get all the MFA Fiction programs in the country permanently shuttered?

  2. I fail to see how the headline of this article has anything to do with its extremely short content (or the content it links to). What in the world does submitting a short story vs. a novel chapter to an MFA program have to do with fanfiction? Even in the Tweets curated and linked to, I didn’t see McCracken mention anything about fanfiction.

    Am I missing something?

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