Harvard Creative Writing

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Spring 2023 Creative Thesis Application 

Read all instructions before submitting your application(s):

Please submit your completed application(s) by 11:59 pm ET on Monday, March 6

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applications or your browser may time out if you leave them open long enough, so keep this in mind (don't click the submit button at 11:59 pm; leave adequate time to troubleshoot in case there are submission issues). Save your application progress often.

  • When creating a Submittable account, please use your Harvard email address, not your personal account.
  • The vast majority of students will submit one thesis application to one genre. If you choose to submit more than one application (to more than one genre), you must do so by submitting another application. You'll be asked to provide a genre preference on each application; please be sure it is consistent. 
  • You may not edit or resubmit an application once you have applied. Please be sure your application materials are finalized and accurate before submitting.
  • Only English concentrators may apply to write a creative thesis. Students must have a 3.40 concentration GPA (3.60 for joint concentrators) to write a thesis and be in the honors program. 
  • If you are a joint concentrator and accepted to write a creative thesis, English must be your primary concentration (with possible exceptions for other creative departments such as TDM and AFVS). 
  • Out-of-phase juniors must still submit their applications in March, but should see the Undergraduate Program Administrator and the Director of Creative Writing to discuss their plan. 
  • You will be notified of application decisions by in late March. 
  • We suggest adding notifications@email.submittable.com to your email contacts to ensure any notifications (submission confirmations and application decisions) reach your inbox.
Harvard Creative Writing