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Application & Acceptance

Acceptance into the Introductory Workshop will be based on the strength of the application and the degree to which the applicant will benefit from the conference. Acceptance into the Translation Manuscript Workshops will be based on the strength and promise of the translation sample submitted and the degree to which the applicant and his or her work will benefit from the conference. Only applications of work being translated into English are able to be considered. The application will require submitting a writing sample both in the original source language and the target language of English. 

Two workshops will be offered working exclusively in prose, either fiction or nonfiction (Jennifer Croft, Achy Obejas); one poetry workshop will be offered (Kareem James Abu-Zeid); one mixed workshop (manuscripts accepted in prose or poetry) will be offered (Karen Emmerich); and two introductory workshops (Jody Gladding, David Hinton).

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.

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


Participant applicants for the Introductory Workshop submit the online application and are not required to submit a translation sample but have an additional brief essay prompt on the application.

Participant applicants for the Translation Manuscript Workshop submit the online application with a sample of current work: up to 4,000 words of prose (fiction or nonfiction) or up to 8 pages of poetry. Applicants should send their strongest unpublished work. Click here to see the manuscript guidelines.

Auditor applicants submit the online application; a writing sample is not required.

Participant--$2,450, including tuition, room, and board

Auditor--$2,086, including tuition, room, and board


Thanks to support from the Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment, the newly established Michael Collier Endowment, and Middlebury College, the conference is making available a limited number of $500 and $1,000 scholarships as well as at least three full scholarships.

In addition in 2020, we are pleased to announce a full scholarship including a travel stipend of $500 made possible by The Rona Jaffe Foundation. This new scholarship will be awarded to a woman in early career who has not attended Bread Loaf in the past and also meets one or both of the following criteria: an applicant with a nontraditional literary background, who is working outside of academia with or without a writing degree and/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 this scholarship. All financial aid applicants who meet the criteria as described above will be considered for this new scholarship.

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 contribute to the diverse community of voices concerned with literary translation and also to address 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 Contributor Awards

Middlebury College Student Contributor Award applications are accepted online and must be submitted by March 1, 2020. (Please note that an application fee is not required for this particular application.) These awards are available for current undergraduate students of Middlebury College. Middlebury College Student Contributor Awards cover tuition, room, and board at the Translators’ Conference ($2,450).

For this particular scholarship, we also require a completed recommendation form. Award applicants 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 $20 application fee due at the time of submission.


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

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