Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

School notes

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

3 Years

Financial Aid

Every student in the MFA program receives full-tuition, health insurance, and a stipend. Students can also receive travel grants to attend the Association of Writers & Writing Program conference, academic conferences, writing workshops and residencies.

Teaching opportunities

Second and third-year students teach an introductory creative writing workshop in their genre or conduct tutorials with Creative Writing undergraduate students.

Editorial opportunities

The inaugural issue of Nashville Review, a literary journal edited by students in the MFA program, appeared in Spring 2010. The online journal pays contributors to publish fiction and nonfiction, poetry and comics, music (lyrics and tunes) and paintings, drawings, and photography as cover art. The Review also publishes interviews with established writers, artists, and musicians, along with essays, reviews, and translations.

Cross-genre study

Yes, by discretion of the instructor.


Send questions, comments and corrections to

Disclaimer: No endorsement of these ratings should be implied by the writers and writing programs listed on this site, or by the editors and publishers of Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.