Best of the Best

The work of our faculty is among the best creative work being published today. But don’t take our word for it. Each year, prestigious anthologies such as the The Best American series, The Pushcart Prize collection, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories compile the finest fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published from the previous year. Rare is the year when the Writing Seminars faculty isn’t represented in their pages. How rare, you ask? Take a tally in the following slideshow.

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A Bennington Legacy

Seven Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, the youngest Man Booker Prize winner, a MacArthur “Genius,” countless New York Times bestsellers, and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people—this is Bennington’s literary legacy.

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Top of the List

In its 2007 fiction issue, The Atlantic published a guide to the nation's best graduate programs in creative writing: The Bennington Writing Seminars was distinguished as one of the top five low-residency MFA programs.

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Save the Dates | June 27–29, 2014

Schedule of Events | Where to Stay | Directions to Campus | Campus Map (PDF)

Contact: Catherine Parnell, June ’00 (802-440-4452 or

June 2014

Dear Writing Seminars Alum,

The bitter winter is behind us and spring is here, at least in fits of delicate flowers and starts of warmer weather. We've been refining plans for the 20th Reunion, and we hope you’re as excited as we are. In the spirit of giving and taking quarter, we’re providing you with a preliminary schedule (subject to change) for our celebratory weekend. Registration is closed. For more information, please email

We ALL look very forward to seeing you in June. Until then, please feel free to email us with any questions you have.


Catherine Parnell (June 2000)
Elaine Fletcher Chapman (January 1999)
Molly Thomas (January 2006)