Creative Portfolio and Writing Sample
Creative writers, of course, should also submit their best work–a group of poems, a short story, a novel chapter, or whatever. The writing sample should demonstrate clearly that you can do the work that will be required of you in the program, specifically that you can integrate theory and/or criticism into your own arguments.
If you are applying to the MFA Creative Writing program, you should ALSO submit a portfolio of your creative work. The portfolio should consist of literary writing of a single genre--poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Submit twenty double-spaced pages of prose or ten pages of poetry. Please specify the genre at the top of your submission. Submissions that exceed the page limit will not be considered.
The best writing sample to submit is still a well-researched scholarly paper of about ten pages, the usual length for papers presented at scholarly conferences, preferably in your proposed area of emphasis. Usually candidates select one of their best undergraduate papers and do some additional revision to improve its quality.