Application & Acceptance

You may apply to the conference by submitting a sample of original work and an application. All applicants submit an application and their supporting materials online. The application deadline is February 15, 2017. There is a $15 application fee.

There are several ways to apply to the conference. You will see an overall list below. Those applying for financial aid may choose more than 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. Applicants may apply in more than one genre.

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 2016 conference, we were able to accept 26% of general contributor 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.

N.B.: Applicants submit their top choices for workshop leader upon acceptance to the conference, noting it on the deposit/confirmation form. Participants are then assigned to a workshop based on our commitment to giving all attendees one of their choices.

GENERAL CONTRIBUTOR AND AUDITOR APPLICANTS

General contributor applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. 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 writing sample is of paramount importance to the admissions board.

The fee for general contributor applicants is $3,265 (tuition, $2,145; room and board, $1,120).

Along with the online application, general contributor applicants submit a writing sample in the genre in which they are applying (the writing sample can be work that is published or unpublished). See the Manuscript Guidelines for important details.

Auditor applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. Auditors attend the conference without a manuscript. Applicants fill out the auditor application and submit up to 300 words when answering these application questions: "Why do you wish to attend the conference as an Auditor?" And “What do you hope to gain by 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 $3,130 (tuition, $2,010; room and board, $1,120).

FINANCIAL AID APPLICANTS

Fellowships are included in this category.

Financial aid applications must be submitted by February 15. 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

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 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 ($3,265).

Fellowship applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. 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 send a Kindle version of your book to the conference by going to Amazon.com and choosing the “Give as a Gift” option. Enter blwc@middlebury.edu for the recipient’s email address (we must receive the Kindle version within 24 hours of your application submission).

If your book is not available via Kindle, please use one of following methods:
--Upload a PDF or Word file of your book with your application. The electronic file name should have the writer's last name followed by the book title; for example, Smith__A Day in the Park.
--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, 204 College Street, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Poetry applicants send ONE copy.

Your book must be in print by the time of the conference.  If your book is not currently published, but will be by the time of the conference, August 16, 2017, you may submit a galley or a proof with your application. Please note the publication date on the PDF or Word document.  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

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 nor should they have a book under contract. Applicants with a forthcoming book are encouraged to apply for a Fellowship after their book has been published.

Tuition scholarships cover $2,145 of the conference’s $3,265 comprehensive fee.

Tuition scholarship applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. 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 ($3,265).

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. All applications must be submitted online by February 15.

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 writing sample in the genre in which they are applying ((the writing sample can be work that is published or unpublished). See the Manuscript Guidelines for important details.


Work-Study Scholarships

Work-study scholarships are awarded to applicants whose writing shows exceptional promise. An extensive record of publication is not necessary for this award.

The scholarships are open to anyone who writes in English; however, work-study scholars are employed by Middlebury College, so international applicants must contact Middlebury's International Student & Scholar Services office (isss@middlebury.edu) to verify eligibility before applying for this particular scholarship.

Work-study scholars are assigned to a workshop and participate fully in the conference.  They also 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 of serving food, clearing tables, and setting up the dining hall for meals can be physically demanding and 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 $2,900 of the conference’s $3,265 comprehensive fee. The wage received by work-study scholars during the session offsets the balance in conference fees.

Work-study scholarship applications are accepted online. See the link to the online application below. All applications must be submitted online by February 15. Along with the online application, work-study scholarship candidates submit a writing sample in the genre in which they are applying (the writing sample can be work that is published or unpublished). See the Manuscript Guidelines for important details.


New for 2017 - Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarships

Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarships support the conference’s goal of fostering a writing community that gives voice to writers of all backgrounds, ages, and experience.  While literary merit is the main consideration for these scholarships, writers who meet one or more of the following criteria are encouraged to apply: a member of a historically underrepresented group; an individual who is in particular need of financial and creative support; a first-time Bread Loaf participant; or an applicant with a nontraditional literary or educational background.

Bread Loaf Bakeless Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board at the conference ($3,265).

Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarships are accepted online. All applications must be submitted online by February 15.

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 writing sample in the genre in which they are applying ((the writing sample can be work that is published or unpublished). See the Manuscript Guidelines 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 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in August as general contributors in 2016 are eligible to apply for the awards in 2017. 

Award applicants are considered for both the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Award, which covers tuition, room, and board at the conference ($3,265) and the Donald Everett Axinn Contributor Awards, which support tuition at the conference ($2,145).

Award applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. 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 2016 workshop packet; (2) a copy of the revised manuscript that incorporates feedback received during 2016 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 2016 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 2016. See the Manuscript Guidelines for important details.


Middlebury College Student Scholarships

These scholarships are available for current undergraduate students of Middlebury College. The scholarships are awarded based on the quality of work submitted. Please note that unlike the other Bread Loaf in Vermont applications, this particular scholarship does not require an application fee.

Middlebury College Student Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board at the conference ($3,265).

Middlebury College Student Scholarships are accepted online.  The application deadline for the August conference is February 15, but the deadline for this particular scholarship available to current undergraduates of Middlebury College has been extended to March 1. See the link to the online application below. Along with filling out the online application, scholarship applicants submit a writing sample in the genre in which they are applying (the writing sample can be work that is published or unpublished). See the Manuscript Guidelines 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.)

APPLICATION

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.

[The application period has now closed; notification letters will go out via email in late May.]

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

Phone: 802-443-5286
Fax: 802-443-2087
Email: blwc@middlebury.edu