Applied Literary Arts Internships
The MFA supports a wide range of opportunities for students to gain experience and expertise in literary publishing, arts administration, and teaching.
The Juniper Initiative includes the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the Juniper Institute for Young Writers and provides many opportunities on campus along with jubilat, UMass Press, and The Massachusetts Review. These organizations, along with a rich array of local and regional presses, journals, schools and arts organizations offer accredited internships through the MFA’s Applied Literary Arts program. Students receive literary arts credits which may be used towards their degree. In some cases, stipends are available. Students may also seek internships in other geographic locations.
Working with the program's Associate Director, Juniper Fellows (one poet, one fiction writer) assist in the management of the Visiting Writers Series, Writers Work, the Juniper Literary Festival and serve as liaisons for the Juniper Prizes in Fiction and Poetry in conjunction with the UMass Press and Juniper Prize judges. This two-year commitment comes with an annual stipend and 3 literary arts credits each semester.
Juniper Prizes in Poetry and Fiction
MFA students are invited to read for the Juniper Prizes in fiction and poetry, nationally recognized annual book prizes for collections of poetry and fiction administered with the University of Massachusetts Press. The Juniper Literary Series awards two prizes each for poetry and for fiction. For poetry, one prize recognizes a first publication. The second is open to previously published poets. For fiction, one prize recognizes a short story collection; the second prize is for a novel.
Juniper Summer Writing Institute
The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is a week-long conference on the UMass Amherst campus designed to encourage participants to explore the creative process and develop new approaches to the craft of writing through workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir; craft sessions; and readings. MFA candidates gain literary arts management experience as Institute Director’s Assistants (one poet and one fiction writer work in tandem for 2-3 years as paid student employees); undergraduate students gain experience in arts administration in work/study positions. These jobs offer significant opportunities in marketing, program coordination, and event planning.
Juniper Institute for Young Writers
For high school students who have completed their freshman year, the week-long Juniper Institute for Young Writers offers workshops in fiction and poetry, as well as craft sessions, studio sessions, field trips, and open mics on the UMass Amherst campus. MFA candidates have the opportunity to apply for positions to teach in the Young Writer program, gaining experience in developing mixed genre curricula and working with high school students. The Institute for Young Writers runs annually at the end of July.
Published twice yearly, jubilat offers the best in contemporary American poetry alongside a selection of reprints, found pieces, lyric prose, art, and interviews with poets and other artists. Work from jubilat has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and Harper's Magazine. MFA students gain professional experience and literary arts credit through internships with the magazine.
jubilat/Jones Reading Series
jubilat/Jones is a reading series open to the public at the Town of Amherst's Jones Library and is support by Friends of the Jones Library. During the fall and spring, MFA poets in consultation with jubilat’s publisher and editors, organize readings and Q&As for local and regional audiences.