Well, submitting all those pages and pages of application paid off.
I just learned that I've been accepted to the Summer/Fall semester of the Vermont College Masters in Fine Arts, Picture Book session!
Late this evening I checked my phone messages -- and there was a message from the Head of the program welcoming me. Later still, I opened my e-mail to find that I had gotten written notification, too.
First reaction is thrills and excitement.
Second reaction is the realization == what have I gotten myself into?
I'll learn the details about that later. Right now I'll stay with the happy excitement.