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Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference awards annual Bakeless Prize in fiction and poetry

June 14, 2006

Matt Donovan received the Bakeless prize for poetry.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-The Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference has announced the winners of the 11th annual Katharine Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Prizes. The 2006 prizes are awarded to aid and encourage writers seeking publication of their first books in a particular genre.

The Bakeless judge for the poetry category was Mark Doty, author of six books of poetry and the recipient of many awards, including an Ambassador Book Award, Bingham Poetry Prize, and National Book Critics Circle Award. He chose "Vellum" by Matt Donovan for the poetry prize.

Donovan is an assistant professor of creative writing at the College of Santa Fe. He received his master of fine arts from New York University, where he attended as a New York Times Fellow.

Peter Chilson received the Bakeless prize fo fiction. 

His poems have been published in many journals, including Poetry, Gettysburg Review, Threepenny Review, and, forthcoming, The Kenyon Review. In 2003, Donovan was the recipient of Vassar College's W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Arts, and in 2004 he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Author and University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang served as the Bakeless judge for fiction. She chose the book "Disturbance-Loving Species" by Peter Chilson for the fiction prize.

Chilson is the author of "Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa," which won the Associated Writing Programs' prize for nonfiction in 1997. His essays, journalism and short fiction have appeared in Audubon, North American Review, Gulf Coast, Best American Travel Writing and elsewhere. He is an associate professor of English at Washington State University.

There was no selection made in the creative nonfiction category of the Bakeless prize this year.

The manuscripts of the two winning authors will be published by Houghton Mifflin in its Mariner Original Paperback line. In addition, Donovan and Chilson will receive fellowships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in August 2007.

Complete guidelines for the 2007 Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes are available online at Judges for the 2007 prizes will be Amy Hempel, fiction; Terry Tempest Williams, creative nonfiction; and Stanley Plumly, poetry. New submissions will be accepted from Sept. 15-Nov. 1, 2006.

For more information, contact Ian Pounds at Bakeless Prizes, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, 05753; by phone at 802-443-2018; or by e-mail at