Application & Acceptance


New in 2020—
Bread Loaf is no longer offering the “waiter” Work-study Scholarships. For more information regarding the discontinuation of the work scholarship, please click
here to read a letter from the director. If you were considering applying for a Work-Study Scholarship, please apply for a Contributor Award, Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Contributor Award, Bread Loaf Scholarship, or Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship. Information and criteria for these awards and scholarships are below. All awards and scholarships cover full tuition, room, and board at the conference.


GENERAL OVERVIEW

The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference will take place from August 12 to 22, 2020. The application period is November 1, 2019 to February 15, 2020. The conference fee is $3,631 (including tuition, room, and board). Writers apply to the conference by submitting an application and sample of original work via the Submittable online application program; there is a $20 application fee. 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 2019 conference, we were able to accept 26% of paying contributor applicants and 5% of those who applied for financial aid received an award, scholarship, or fellowship.

Notification letters will be sent by e-mail in late May. Writers who apply in multiple categories receive a separate notification letter for each category of application. At the time of acceptance into the conference a confirmation form is required in order to reserve the place, and participants submit their top choices for workshop leader at that time.

We cannot enroll anyone for less than the full ten days of the conference. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.

WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN APPLY

Writers are invited to apply to the Conference at three general levels: contributor, scholar, or fellow.

The contributor group is the largest and most varied population at the conference and includes some who applied and were accepted as paying contributors and some who have applied for and received an award to attend. Contributors are strong writers with a range of experience but see themselves as in the early stages of their literary careers or as ongoing learners of the literary arts. Though some may have a literary background and/or MFA, some may not, and many at this level will not have started publishing yet in magazines and periodicals, though some may have a publication or two in place or forthcoming.

Financial aid at the contributor level is available in the form of Contributor Awards, Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Contributor Awards, and Returning Contributor Awards. Current Middlebury College undergraduates and recent Middlebury College graduates are also invited to apply at this level by submitting the Middlebury College Student Contributor Award application. All Award winners receive full financial aid to attend the conference.

The scholar level consists of writers who have received financial aid to attend the conference. Scholars are writers who have begun to distinguish themselves by publications in literary journals and magazines or by other prizes, fellowships, or awards. Scholars see themselves as emerging writers who would still benefit from participating in the workshop with work-in-progress. Some scholars will have published in a few magazines to date while others will be further along with a list of publications and prizes in place. Scholars should not have a book accepted for publication or already published. Writers with a book under contract should apply for a fellow position the summer the book will become available. Scholars receive full financial aid to attend the conference. Financial aid at the scholar level is available in the form of Bread Loaf Scholarships and Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships.

The fellow level consists of writers who have received financial aid to attend the conference. Fellows are writers who have published their first or second book within the past four years. They assist a faculty member in workshop and do not have their own work reviewed. Fellows receive full financial aid to attend the conference and offer a reading with faculty and an optional craft class.

APPLY AS A PAYING CONTRIBUTOR

Contributors are strong writers with a range of experience but see themselves as in the early stages of their literary careers or as ongoing learners of the literary arts. Though some may have a literary background and/or MFA, some may not, and not many at this level will not have started publishing yet in magazines and periodicals, though some may have a publication or two in place or forthcoming. Some writers who are further along in their literary career choose to apply as paying contributors as well, and should they be accepted participate at the contributor level.

During the conference contributors receive guidance on their work during the workshops and are invited to read by signing up for a slot during the Blue Parlor reading series. Upon acceptance, more information about the Blue Parlor reading series will be provided, as well as details on how to submit an unpublished manuscript for workshop critique.  (The manuscript guidelines are similar to those followed during the application processsee details below.)

The fee for Contributor applicants is $3,631 (tuition, $2,385; room and board, $1,245).

Contributor applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. Along with completing the online application, contributor applicants submit a manuscript of published or unpublished work in the genre in which they are applying. See the Manuscript Guidelines for important details.

Applications:
Contributor in Fiction
Contributor in Nonfiction
Contributor in Poetry

APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

Thanks to the generosity of Middlebury College and also many donors and former Bread Loafers who have contributed over the past ninety-five years, Bread Loaf is pleased to be able to offer substantial financial aid that is distributed to writers at different levels of experience and publication. Financial aid is awarded in recognition of published work or literary promise; financial need has no bearing on our decisions, except as noted. Awards must be used in the year they are granted. Please read carefully below to learn about the levels in which writers may apply and to find out which level(s) may be most suitable for you.

An applicant may receive an award only once in a given genre and specific financial aid 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.

N.B. Writers applying for financial aid who would like to be considered for a spot as a paying contributor should financial aid not be available, must submit a contributor application in addition to the financial aid application.

To explore the three levels of financial aid in more detail see the links below.

Contributor Level

Click here for information and applications for Contributor Awards, Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Contributor Awards, Returning Contributor Awards, and Middlebury Student Contributor Awards.

Scholar Level

Click here for information and applications for Bread Loaf Scholarships and Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships.

Fellow Level

Click here for information and applications for Fellowships.

***Find links to the applications at all levels for BL Writers’ 2020 here.***

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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