The March 1 application deadline has passed, and the online applications for the 2013 session are no longer available. For those who applied, notificaiton letters will be sent by e-mail in late May.
If you would like to look forward to the 2014 session, the website will be updated with the 2014 applications and information in early January.
You may apply to the Conference by submitting a sample of original work and an online application (see the link to the application below). All applicants submit an application and their supporting materials online. The application deadline is March 1, 2013.
There are several ways to apply to the Conference. You will see an overall list below. Those applying for financial aid must choose one category. If you would like to be considered for a spot as a general contributor should you not receive a financial aid award, you must submit a general contributor application in addition to the financial aid application.
Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and the Admissions Board's judgment that the applicant will benefit from the Conference. The workshops are designed to accommodate both published writers and those in the early stages of promising careers. For the 2012 Conference, we were able to accept 26% of general applicants; 6% of those who applied for financial aid received an award.
We cannot enroll anyone for less than the full ten days of the Conference. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.
There is no application fee.
N.B.: Applicants submit their top choices for workshop leader upon acceptance to the Conference, noting it on their deposit/confirmation form. Participants are then assigned to a workshop based on our commitment to giving all attendees one of their choices.
General Contributor & Auditor Applicants
General contributor applications are accepted online and must be submitted by March 1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. Notification letters will be sent by e-mail in late May.
General contributor applicants are writers whose work shows promise and potential. Publication is not a requirement, and while some have a writing degree, such as an MFA, many do not. The quality of the unpublished manuscript is of paramount importance to the admissions board.
The fee for general contributor applicants is $2,834 (tuition, $1,862; room and board, $972).
Along with the online application, general contributor applicants submit a manuscript of unpublished work in the genre in which they are applying. See the Manuscript Guidelines web page for important details.
Auditor applications are accepted online and must be submitted by March 1. Auditors attend the Conference without a manuscript. Applicants fill out the auditor application and submit up to 300 words when answering the application question "What do you hope to gain from attending the Conference?" Auditors are assigned to a workshop and, with the exception of manuscript critiques, they participate in all aspects of the Conference.
The fee for auditors is $2,714 (tuition, $1,742; room and board, $972).
Financial Aid Applicants
Fellowships are included in this category.
Financial aid applications must be submitted by March 1. Please note that this is a firm deadline; applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. Notification letters will be sent by e-mail in late May.
Thanks to the generous support of Middlebury College and to an endowment fund established by past Bread Loafers and other donors, we are able to offer financial aid in several categories.
Financial aid is awarded in recognition of published work or literary promise; financial need has no bearing on our decisions. Awards must be used in the year they are granted.
An applicant may receive an award only once in a given genre and specific financial aid category.
Fellowships are awarded to applicants who have published their first or second book in English within the last four years in the genre in which they are applying. At Bread Loaf, fellows are assigned to a workshop where they generally are asked to assist the faculty member. Fellows give a public reading from their own work and are invited to submit a proposal for a one-hour class on some aspect of the craft of writing. (Proposals for craft classes are solicited after the fellowships are awarded.)
Fellowships cover tuition, room, and board at the Conference ($2,834)
Fellowship applications are accepted online and must be submitted by March 1. Along with the online application, fellowship candidates submit a copy of their book (candidates who have published two books apply with the most recent title).
Please plan to send an electronic copy of your book by using one of the methods described here:
--Upload a PDF or Word file of your book with your application. PDF or Word files MUST consist of galley/uncorrected page proofs (or equivalent), and the electronic file name should have the writer's last name followed by the book title; for example, Smith__A Day in the Park.
--Send a Kindle Version of your book to the Conference by going to Amazon.com; choose the “Give as a Gift” option and enter firstname.lastname@example.org for the recipient’s email address (We must receive the Kindle version within 24 hours of your application submission).
--If you are unable to send an electronic version of your book, please mail TWO copies at the time of your application to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 14 Old Chapel Road, 5525 Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Poetry applicants send ONE copy.
Galleys or proofs are acceptable, but your book must be in print by the time of the Conference. Because fellows' work is not critiqued in workshops or by faculty, there is no need to submit a manuscript in progress.
Please do not send chapbooks, self-published books, books for which you have served as co-author or editor, academic work, children's or young adult literature, or "how to" books.
Tuition scholarships are awarded to writers who are actively publishing original work in distinguished magazines and literary periodicals, such as the Atlantic, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry, and Threepenny Review, or who have received recognition such as the "Discovery" Poetry Contest or a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Tuition scholars should not have published a book in the genre in which they are applying. Writers who have a book under contract but not yet in print are invited to apply for a fellowship upon publication of the book.
Tuition scholarships cover $1,862 of the Conference’s $2,834 comprehensive fee.
Tuition scholarship applications are accepted online and must be submitted by March 1. To apply for a tuition scholarship, fill out the online application and upload the following two items: (1) a detailed list of publications (noting the title, publication, and publication date for each piece); and (2) a sample of work published within the last four years (send scans of the work as it appeared in the publication)—prose writers should send two published pieces and poets should send up to ten published pages. Please combine your sample of published work into one PDF document for uploading. Electronic file names must consist of the writer's last name followed by a title for the document; for example, Smith__list of publications or Smith__published samples.
N.B.: tuition scholars are contributors in workshops and receive guidance on their work during the Conference. Upon acceptance, winners submit an unpublished manuscript for workshop critique (prose writers send up to 6,000 words; and poets send up to ten pages of poetry, not to exceed more than one poem per page). More details regarding the unpublished manuscript for workshop critique will be included in acceptance letters.
Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships
The Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships are awarded to women whose writing shows exceptional promise.
Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board at the Conference ($2,834).
While literary merit is the main consideration, the Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships are especially intended to support women who also meet one or more of the following criteria: a first-time Bread Loaf participant; an applicant with a nontraditional literary background, who is working outside of academia with or without a writing degree; or an individual who is in particular need of financial and creative support. Candidates must be permanent residents of the United States, and writers who have published a book (a standard trade edition of their work) are not eligible for these scholarships.
Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships are accepted online. See the Application page of this Web site. All applications must be submitted online by March 1.
The online application includes a section where applicants for this particular scholarship write a short statement of 300 to 500 words addressing the scholarship criteria noted above. Along with filling out the online application, scholarship applicants submit a manuscript of unpublished work in the genre in which they are applying. See the Manuscript Guidelines web page for important details.
Work-study scholarships are awarded to applicants whose writing shows exceptional promise.
At Bread Loaf, while taking part in the Conference, recipients work as waiters in the dining room and receive payment for their part-time duties. Food preparation is not involved, and previous waiter experience is not required. Nevertheless the work is physically quite demanding, and it requires that candidates be in very good physical condition. Scholarship recipients who have physical disabilities which preclude them from working as waiters will be assigned to alternative work positions.
Work-study scholarships cover approximately $2,100. The balance in Conference fees will be mostly offset by the recipient's salary.
Work-study scholarship applications are accepted online. See the Application page of this Web site. All applications must be submitted online by March 1. Along with the online application, work-study scholarship candidates must submit a manuscript of unpublished work in the genre in which they are applying. See the Manuscript Guidelines web page for important details.
Returning Contributor Awards
Returning contributor awards are given to a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference general contributor who wishes to return to Bread Loaf in a consecutive year. General contributors are participants who have previously attended Bread Loaf without the support of Conference financial aid. Those who attended the Conference as general contributors in 2012 are eligible to apply for the awards in 2013.
Award applicants are considered for both the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Award, which covers tuition, room, and board at the Conference ($2,834) and the Donald Everett Axinn Contributor Awards, which support tuition at the Conference ($1,862).
Award applications are accepted online and must be submitted by March 1. To apply for an award, fill out the online application and submit the following supporting materials: (1) a copy of the original manuscript as it appeared in the 2012 workshop packet; (2) a copy of the revised manuscript that incorporates feedback received during 2012 workshop—the Admissions Board is interested in seeing a draft that has undergone significant revision; and (3) a sample of new work begun after the 2012 workshop, i.e., a new story, essay, or portion of a novel or memoir not to exceed 6000 words; or ten pages of new poetry, not to exceed more than one poem per page; the new work must be in the same genre as the manuscript used for workshop in 2012. See the Manuscript Guidelines web page for important details.
Middlebury College Student Scholarships
These scholarships are available for current students of Middlebury College. The scholarships are awarded based on the quality of work submitted.
Middlebury College student scholarships cover tuition, room, and board at the Conference ($2,834).
Middlebury College Student Scholarships are accepted online. See the Application page of this Web site. Along with filling out the online application, scholarship applicants submit a manuscript of unpublished work in the genre in which they are applying. See the Manuscript Guidelines web page for important details.
For this particular scholarship, we also require a completed recommendation form. You will need to ask a Middlebury College creative writing instructor to complete the form and send it in. (The instructor can fill in the form or simply answer the questions in the body of an email--more details are noted on the form.)