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  1. Elena
    February 21, 2011 @ 2:17 am

    I love the fact that this post exists. This would totally have been me if my application stories hadn’t both been drawn from class assignments.


  2. Catherine Krahe
    February 21, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    And, if you can write a good application story in a week, you are in better shape for Alpha itself. What we’ll need in July is a “How to Write a (good) Alpha Story in the Next Two Hours” post.


  3. Madeline Stevens
    February 21, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    This is exactly what I came to the site looking for today.


  4. Yumi
    February 21, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    I saw this post while I was online putting off finishing my application story. But I’m predicting that despite my best efforts, it’s going to end up around the 5,999-word range.


  5. Meghan
    February 22, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    I’m so glad this post is here! I’m still trying to finish my app story…and this makes it soo much easier. I’m determind to get to Alpha this year!


  6. Alan Yee
    February 24, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    Thanks for this post! I still need to finish my application story. Thankfully it was already partially written some time ago; I’m just attempting to finish it and revise it to a reasonable extent by the deadline. I might not get it in on time because I’m sick and busy with school, but I’m still going to try to get my application in by March 1.


  7. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 @ 3:02 am

    I’m a young writer considering applying to the alpha program, and I was wondering how competitive the application process is. About how many people usually apply for the 20 spots?


  8. Sarah Brand
    February 25, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    Anonymous: I’m not involved in the judging process, so I’m not sure exactly how many applications there are from year to year. That being said… write the best story you can. No matter how many others apply, that’s really all you can do.

    If you’re at all interested in Alpha, you should definitely apply. For me, it was a great experience, and completely worth the time and effort it took to send in my application. 🙂


  9. Tina
    February 26, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    This would have be ridiculously useful when I was applying to Alpha. As it is, perhaps I ought to contribute to a ‘How to write your (dubiously good) Alpha Story in the next two hours’ post, since that seems to be what I do every year…

    @Anonymous: I’ll second Sarah and say that Alpha was a fantastic experience for me and you should really apply. Don’t worry about getting in, or think of it as a competition, just focus on doing what you can with your story and making it magnificent.


  10. Jenna
    February 26, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    I’m so happy this post is here! I’ve been referencing to it all week, and it has been invaluable, along with the rest of the blog. Just thought you all should know.
    Thanks everybody!
    Now I have to stop procrastinating and finish my application. Sigh.


  11. Noella
    February 27, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    This post motivated me to actually work on my application and to not just look at my pitiful notes and give up. Good to know that I am not the only one procrastinating. If I can just make it through this, everything will get better. Hopefully.


  12. Jenna
    February 28, 2011 @ 2:07 am

    Good Luck, Noella! I hope things work out for you!


  13. Noella
    March 2, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    Thanks, Jenna =) The application was submitted! With less than 24 hours to spare, and a resubmission because the page numbers mysteriously fell off the document the first time I submitted it.


  14. Jenna
    March 2, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Cyber high five, Noella! Now we can just breathe a little, huh? Wish I had a time machine to make the 15th hurry up and get here!


  15. Noella
    March 2, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    I know right! I’m so excited! Not only would I find out faster, I would skip all that schoolwork I have to do between now and then… So much for writing more stories.
    But who cares about that! We have experiences the joys of creating works of art! =)


  16. Jenna
    March 2, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    Haha I agree with everything you just said! But I really doubt I’m gonna go more than two days without writing something! Already microsoft word is calling…


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