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Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellowship

2015 program:
This website will be updated with the 2015 applications and information in late fall 2014. Please stop back!


This new fellowship program gives former Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference attendees a month-long residency stay at the Camargo Foundation in the charming and picturesque seaside town of Cassis, France, providing the opportunity for intensive and undivided attention to their work within a focused and serious community of fellow writers.


The winners of the first annual Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship are JoAnn Balingit, Venita Blackburn, Bonnie Bolling, Michael Brokos, Sarah Harwell, Darleen Lev, Brooks Rexroat, and Rolf Yngve.
2014 DATES

Thursday, May 1 to Saturday, May 31, 2014.  Fellows must be in residency at the Camargo Foundation during the entire period.


Writers who attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont or Bread Loaf in Sicily between 2004-2013 may apply for the 2014 residency. Applicants who have previously received a Bread Loaf Fellowship, Tuition Scholarship, or Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship are not eligible.  

If you have any question at all about whether you meet the criteria or not, please contact the Bread Loaf assistant at The Application and Admission section below also has more details.


The Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellowships support a month’s stay at the Camargo Foundation, providing an apartment as well as stipends for travel and food.  Supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment and the Camargo Foundation, this remarkable new residency program creates a partnership between two arts organizations that have long and distinguished histories of helping writers develop their craft and of providing the time and space in which to complete significant projects.  The fellowship includes the following:

  • Round-trip air travel to and from the Marseille airport, up to a limit of $1500.00
  • $500.00 stipend, to be used for food and other expenses during the session
  • Private apartment with kitchen
  • Stipend for travel to and from the Marseille Airport to the Camargo Foundation residential center on the official arrival and departure days

During the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity and facilities to share their work on an informal basis, and impromptu activities, readings and meetings are encouraged.


Each fellow will have his or her private apartment.  The apartments are fully furnished and equipped and include a kitchen with supplies.  Visit to view the photos of several apartments.  The apartments are centrally heated. Bed linen and towels are provided. A washer and dryer are available at a reasonable price for personal laundry. There are no telephones in the apartments, but fellows may borrow mobile phones for use during the residency period.

Fellows are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer; wireless Internet access is available throughout most of the campus. A photocopier, printer, projector, microfilm reader (35mm), and electric typewriter (American keyboard) are also on the premises.  The Camargo Foundation has a 5,000 volume reading and study library.

No pets are allowed, and no overnight guests are permitted in the apartment. There are several hotels in Cassis where visitors can stay.


Michael Collier, Director, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference [click for bio]
Jennifer Grotz, Assistant Director, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (on-site during residency period) [click for bio]

Béatrice Benchétrit, On-site Administrator, Camargo Foundation


The Camargo Foundation, founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts. It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. The Foundation encourages the visionary work of scholars, artists, and thought leaders in the arts and humanities.

The Foundation campus in Cassis, France is located at the entrance of a harbor and has a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean and Cap Canaille, one of the highest maritime cliffs in Europe. The buildings and grounds contain twelve apartments, a reference library, a music-conference room, lovely gardens, a Chinese Terrace, and an outdoor Greek Theater. 


The Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment was funded in 1995 by the LZ Francis Foundation to support emerging writers and to commemorate Katharine Bakeless Nason, a patron of Middlebury College.


The Foundation is about a 5-minute walk to the small fishing village of Cassis, which boasts 300 sunny days per year.  Cassis is known for its charming harbor and its coves lined with steep, dramatic limestone cliffs. The Foundation is about 30 minutes by train or bus from Marseille, which has been designated a 2013 European City of Culture.  Cassis has small shops, boutiques, restaurants and services such as physicians, pharmacies, wine stores and coffee shops.  On Wednesdays and Fridays, there is an outdoor market in the center of town.  For more information about the setting and location of the residency program, visit


The 2014 Bakeless Camargo Fellows will be chosen from applications received from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference participants who have attended either Bread Loaf in Vermont or Bread Loaf in Sicily between 2004-2013.  Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and the degree to which the applicant and his or her work will benefit from the fellowship. Applicants who have previously received a Bread Loaf Fellowship, Tuition Scholarship, or Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship are not eligible.

The submission period for applications is November 1st – December 15th, 2013. We encourage you to apply early.  Notification letters will be sent via e-mail in late February 2014.  A $300.00 deposit to hold your spot within the residency is due at the time of acceptance.  This deposit will be fully refunded at the completion of the residency. 

You will see a link to the online application below. Writers may apply by submitting an online application and writing sample (see manuscript guidelines below).  There is a $15 application fee due at the time of submission. Bread Loaf uses the Submittable online application program. If you already have a Submittable account in place, you will be asked to login; if you are new to Submittable, the program will prompt you to set up a free account. From there you will be able to access the Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellowship application.

Manuscript Guidelines:

Applicants will submit a manuscript of unpublished work: up to 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction, or up to 10 pages of poetry. Applicants should send their strongest unpublished work from the project they intend to work on during the residency.

• The applicant's name and a page number must appear on each sheet of the manuscript. (For example: Smith, p.1.)

• Prose manuscripts must be double-spaced with 12 pt. font and margins of at least 1.25". The total word count should be noted at the top of the first page. Applicants may include one or more stories as long as the overall total number of pages is within the 6,000-word limit. Please include a short note to let readers know if the piece is a short story or an excerpt from a novel. Manuscripts excerpted from a longer project should include a one-page synopsis placed at the back of the piece.

• Poetry manuscripts should have 12 pt. font and can be either single- or double-spaced. A poem can exceed one page, as long as the complete manuscript submission is within the ten-page limit. Please do not squeeze more than one poem to a page.

• Please do not send children's or young adult literature, newspaper journalism, co-authored work, or self-help literature.

Click here for the online application.


Click here to read the cancellation policy for the Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow program for 2014.


Please email the Bakeless Camargo conference assistant at: or telephone the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at 802-443-2018.