Normally 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, but due to the unusual circumstances this year, for the 2021 conference, writers who have published a book within a five-year window will be eligible to apply in 2021. Applicants whose most recent book was published between the years 2016 and 2021 will be eligible. We have made this adjustment for the 2021 application process understanding that 2020 would have otherwise been the final year for the writer to be eligible to apply for any category of financial aid offered by the conference.

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.)

Fellows arrive on Tuesday, August 10, rather than on Wednesday, and room and board is provided for the fellowship recipient only (unfortunately due to limited housing, it is not possible to accommodate families). Fellowships cover tuition, room, and board at the conference ($3,720).

Fellowship Applications

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). Copies of the fellow’s most recent book are ordered to be sold at the Bread Loaf Bookstore.

If you applied for a Fellowship in 2020 and would like to apply again for 2021, Bread Loaf will have your book on file and you will not need to resubmit it with your 2021 application (although a new application form is required).  All other Fellow applicants should follow the instructions below.

Applicants should send a Kindle version of their book to the conference by going to and choosing Give as a Gift. Enter
for the recipient’s email address (we must receive the Kindle version within 24 hours of the application submission).

If the applicant’s book is not available via Kindle, please use one of the following methods:

  • Upload a PDF or Word file of the book with the 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 the applicant is unable to send an electronic version of the book, FOUR copies should be mailed at the time of your application to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 204 College Street, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Poetry applicants send THREE copies.

The applicant’s book must be in print by the time of the conference. If the book isn’t published yet but will be available by August 11, 2021 (the first day of the session), a galley or a proof may be submitted with the 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 the applicant has served as co-author or editor, academic work, children’s or young adult literature, or “how to” books.