woah, lots of interesting ones this week. i'm answering ones i haven't heard and putting in the comments ones that i have:
Would it be at all possible for you to list some programs who do not require an MFA?
i assume you mean a BA? if you do, i have a friend who had this problem a couple of years ago and he was able to apply to iowa, brown, and columbia if i'm not mistaken, by what means i don't know. he got waitlisted at columbia the last time i heard.
would it be better to concentrate on editing and polishing one's first story, and letting the second be somewhat less polished, or would it be better to divide the time between the two stories?
my conversations with faculty indicate that they do tend to focus on the first story, so i would lean on making that more securely in place if given the choice between the two options. but you have plenty of time to make both equally smashing!
tuesday writes in relation to writing samples:
Does font/size matter?
yes! do not fiddle with your fonts! do not make them ten point! you can be forgiven for garamond or palatino instead of times but no sans serif fonts and definitely don't make your font smaller! a reader with a stack of applications in the proper font size will make a scrunchy face when they see your manuscript.
What books helped you get ready for the GRE?
i hear the princeton review is great for dealing with this useless, useless test. they turn it into a game, which is what it is at best. my suggestion would be to take a practice test first and if you score above a 600 on the verbal, spend your time working on your writing sample!