Rolling admissions November 1 to March 15 or until places fill.

Application

You can apply to the conference by submitting a sample of original work and an application online.

  • Rolling admissions November 1 to March 15 or until places fill.
  • There is a $20 application fee.
  • 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.

We use Submittable, the online application program. Applicants who already have a Submittable account will be asked to login. Others will be prompted to set up a free account.

Apply

For financial assistance with the application fee, please contact staff at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference.

Workshops

Two workshops are offered in poetry; two in fiction; and five in creative nonfiction. Applicants submit their top choices for workshop leader upon acceptance to the conference. Contributors are assigned to a workshop based on our commitment to giving all attendees one of their choices.

Contributor Applicants

Contributors take part in a workshop by contributing a manuscript for which they will receive feedback. The fee for Contributors is $2,580, including tuition, room, and board.

Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and on the Admissions Board’s judgment that the applicant will benefit from the conference. Along with the online application, 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submit a writing sample in the genre in which they are applying (the writing sample can be work that is published or unpublished).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.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is limited, but thanks to support from the Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment, the Michael Collier Endowment, and Middlebury College, several $500, $750, $1,000, and $2,580 awards will be given. See more about Financial Aid.

Auditor Applicants

Auditors attend the workshop without a manuscript. The fee for auditors is $2,195, including tuition, room, and board.

Auditors do not submit a manuscript for review and do not receive an individual manuscript conference with the instructor. Auditors are assigned to a workshop and, as the name implies, are asked primarily to listen and observe during manuscript critiques. Outside of the workshop, auditors participate in all aspects of the conference including the daily readings, lectures, craft classes, receptions, and social events. Acceptance is based on the Admissions Board’s judgment that the applicant will benefit from the conference. The auditor application is submitted online, and a writing sample is not required.

Acceptance

Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and on the Admissions Board’s judgment that the applicant will benefit from the conference.

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.

  • We do not enroll anyone for less than the full seven days of the conference.
  • Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.