Applications to the conference will be accepted between October 15, 2016 and March 15, 2017. Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and on the Admissions Board's judgment that the applicant will benefit from the conference. The application cover letter is also considered.
Two workshops will be offered in poetry (Camille T. Dungy, Ross Gay); one in fiction (Megan Mayhew Bergman); and four in creative nonfiction (John Elder, Ted Genoways, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Joe Wilkins).
Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified whether they have been admitted approximately four to six weeks after they apply. With rolling admissions, those who apply early increase their chances of acceptance; therefore, we encourage you to apply early.
PARTICIPANT AND AUDITOR APPLICANTS
Participants take part in a workshop and receive feedback on their writing. Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and on the Admissions Board's judgment that the applicant will benefit from the conference. The application cover letter is also considered. Along with the online application, participant applicants submit a manuscript of unpublished work in the genre in which they are applying. See the Manuscript Guidelines for important details.
The fee for participants is $2,205, including tuition, room, and board.
Auditors take part in the conference without a manuscript. Auditors are assigned to a workshop and, with the exception of having a manuscript critiqued, participate in all aspects of the conference. Acceptance is based on the Admissions Board’s judgment that the applicant will benefit from the conference. The auditor application is submitted online, and a writing sample is not required.
The fee for auditors is $1,875, including tuition, room, and board.
Thanks to support from the Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment and Middlebury College, the conference is making available a limited number of $500 and $1,000 scholarships as well as at least two full scholarships. The intent of the scholarships is not only to support promising emerging writers but to broaden the community of nature and environmental writers to ensure that nature and environmental writing as a genre represents the relationship between people and nature regardless of race, ethnicity, geography, or socioeconomic standing.
A financial aid section is included near the bottom of the regular application for the conference. Applicants interested in applying for financial aid should complete that short section and submit a statement of 500 to 800 words to be considered along with the strength and quality of the application itself. Those applying for a scholarship are asked to describe how their participation in the conference will add diversity to the community of voices concerned with nature and environment, and also addressing their financial need. Though the merit of the application carries the most weight, the applicant’s financial aid statement is also considered.
Middlebury College Student Scholarships
Middlebury College Student Scholarship applications are accepted online and must be submitted by March 1, 2017. (Please note that an application fee is not required for this particular application.) These scholarships are available for current undergraduate students of Middlebury College. The scholarships are awarded based on the quality of the work submitted. Middlebury College student scholarships cover tuition, room, and board at the conference ($2,205).
For this particular scholarship, we also require a completed recommendation form. You will need to ask a Middlebury College 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.)
Bread Loaf uses the Submittable online application program. Applicants who already have a Submittable account in place will be asked to login; those new to Submittable will be prompted to set up a free account before accessing the application. There is a $15 application fee due at the time of submission.