Manuscript Guidelines

Applicants should submit a manuscript of unpublished work: up to 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction, or up to 8 pages of poetry. Applicants should send their strongest unpublished work. Those accepted will have an opportunity to send a replacement manuscript for workshop critique.

  • 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 eight-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.


Bread Loaf Conferences
204 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802-443-5286
Fax: 802-443-2087