The University of Massachusetts Amherst


English teachers, principals, and guidance counselors are invited to nominate up to five outstanding students to apply for admission to Juniper. Nominating students for Juniper is a fantastic way to acknowledge and support young writers! We look for young writers who would benefit from joining a dynamic community of creative young people dedicated to exploring craft, process, and imagination.

Students can be nominated for regular or scholarship admission to the program. While nominations are not a guarantee of acceptance, they bring talented students to our attention who may not have otherwise found our program.

We are grateful to all the schools and teachers who bring talented young writers to our attention. Thank you so much for making this opportunity available to your students.

Click here to nominate!

A Note on Recommendation Letters

Nominators may also serve as references for students who choose to apply for admission to Juniper! When a student is filling out their application, they will be prompted to send a recommendation letter request to their reference. The reference will receive an email from Submittable with instructions on how to submit the recommendation letter.

We ask our references to speak to the following qualities in the student in their recommendation letter:

  • Enthusiasm for creative writing
  • Interest in a pre-college experience
  • Maturity, interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Classroom participation
  • Ability to adapt to a residential learning environment (for the in-person Juniper Institute for Young Writers)

Recommendation letters are due within seven days of application submission, and an application is not considered complete without a recommendation letter. Students are not able to view the recommendation letter on Submittable.

A Note on Homeschooling

We encourage homeschooled students to apply to the Institute. A recommendation should come from someone who knows the young writer’s work, their level of interest in discussion, and how they could add to a writing community like Juniper.