The Audition Includes:

To be included with application submission:

  • Portfolio of five (5) original written works in a pocket folder: one (1) sonnet, two (2) free verse poems – (14 to 24 lines per poem; one (1) flash fiction piece of no more than 500 words; and one (1) short story no longer than five pages typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced with the student’s first and last name and work type (sonnet, flash fiction, etc.) in the right hand upper corner of all page (Protective sheets are not recommended).

To be completed on-site:

  • A written Literary Arts assignment to be completed on-site.

Core Curriculum

// Introduction to Literary Arts // Intermediate/Advanced Poetry // Intermediate/Advanced Fiction // Playwriting // Senior Publication

Literary News


Visual and Literary Students Receive National Scholastic Awards

Students in the Visual and Literary Art departments recently received national medals through Scholastic Art and Writing. These awards were among Gold Key winners at the Mississippi Regional (statewide) Competition held in the winter ofRead More…
By : MSA Newsroom | Mar 27, 2017


staff-caleb-tankersleyDr. Caleb Tankersley holds a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers, where he served as Associate Editor for Mississippi Review. His stories, poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Cutthroat, Gargoyle, Midwestern Gothic, Permafrost, and other magazines. He won the 2015 Big Sky/Small Prose contest from CutBank. His chapbook Jesus Works the Night Shift was published in 2014 by Urban Farmhouse Press.