Portfolio Requirements for Prospective Students

For admission to the BFA program (both majors and minors), please send a portfolio of your creative writing to the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the following email address: rsmith@belhaven.edu. Please put all documents in one Word file attachment.

You also may send your portfolio by post mail to the following address (although email attachment is preferred):

Dr. Randall Smith, Chair
Creative Writing Department
Belhaven University
1500 Peachtree Street
Jackson, MS 39202

The portfolio should include the following:

  • twelve to fifteen pages (minimum, more is fine) of creative writing (poetry, fiction, scripts, and/or creative nonfiction);
  • a three- to four-page essay in which you (a) discuss your history as a writer/reader and (b) explain why you want to major or minor in creative writing;
  • a cover letter including the following: name, address, email address, telephone number, admission status at Belhaven, and semester you plan to begin classes.

The department chair will review your portfolio and respond promptly about your program admission status. After your portfolio review, you may be eligible for additional aid based on the strength of your portfolio and on family financial need. For more information on scholarships, please click here or call your admission counselor at 800-960-5940.

If you have questions about the creative writing program, please call Dr. Smith at 601-968-8996 (work) or 601-832-7639 (cell). Or, you can email questions to the above address.