Bread Loaf Conferences

 

Manuscript Guidelines

Applicants who submit a manuscript of unpublished work follow the guidelines noted here:

• All applicants, except for fellows, tuition scholars, and auditors, submit a manuscript of unpublished work in progress with their application: up to 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction, or up to 10 pages of poetry. Applicants should send their strongest unpublished work. Those accepted will have an opportunity to send a replacement manuscript for workshop critique.

• Electronic file names MUST consist of the writer’s last name followed by the manuscript title; for example, Smith__A Day in the Park. Poets and those with a longer manuscript title can simply use something like this: Smith__manuscript for Bread Loaf.

• 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 brief note to let readers know if the piece stands on its own as a short story or essay or if it is an excerpt from a longer project. Manuscripts excerpted from a longer project should include a one-page synopsis placed at the back of the piece (the synopsis can be single-spaced and does not count toward the 6,000-word limit).

• 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.