Fictioner Against Nepotism writes in...
I applied to Michigan and found myself regretting it when I found out
that Nicholas Delbanco's daughter Francesca attended the Michigan
program. Given how subjective fiction as a field is, I think that even
if she was given the same treatment as all the other applicants, it
still smacks of nepotism and I find it highly objectionable. I don't
know if I'm just overreacting or if my concerns are valid. What do you
I went back and forth with the emailer about this. I don't personally have a problem with the situation. Athletes often play for their dad-the-coach on university sports teams. They still have to pass the university's requirements for admission, just as I'm sure Francesca had to pass the program's requirements for the manuscript and the application.
But, we're a democracy here on the Blog, even though I'm Speaker of the House. We're a forum, and I appreciate FAN's question. We'd both welcome any comments.
My comment: To say that I think highly of the Michigan program would be an understatement. I think it's one of the top five programs out there. This situation would not discourage me in the least.