Bread Loaf Scholarships

Bread Loaf scholarships are awarded to writers who see themselves as emerging writers and are beginning to publish original work in distinguished magazines and literary periodicals, but who also are seeking continued feedback on work in progress in a workshop setting.

Bread Loaf Scholars should not have published a book in the genre in which they are applying nor should they have a book accepted for publication or under contract. Applicants with a forthcoming book are encouraged to apply for a Fellowship after their book has been published.

Bread Loaf Scholars will be offered a public reading from their own work during a Scholar Reading. They are contributors in workshops and receive guidance on their work during the conference. Upon acceptance, winners submit an unpublished manuscript for workshop critique (prose writers send up to 6,000 words; and poets send up to ten pages of poetry, not to exceed more than one poem per page). More details regarding the unpublished manuscript for workshop critique will be included in acceptance letters.

Bread Loaf Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board at the conference ($3,720).

Bread Loaf Scholarship applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. To apply for a Bread Loaf Scholarship, complete the online application and upload the following two items: (1) a detailed list of publications (noting the title, publication, and publication date for each piece); and (2) a sample of work published within the last four years (send scans of the work as it appeared in the publication)—prose writers should send two published pieces and poets should send up to ten published pages. Please combine the sample of published work into one PDF document for uploading. Electronic file names must consist of the writer’s last name followed by a title for the document; for example, Smith__list of publications or Smith__published samples.

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Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships

Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships are awarded to women whose writing shows exceptional promise. The scholarships are awarded to women who see themselves as emerging writers and are beginning to publish original work in distinguished magazines and literary periodicals, but who are also seeking continued feedback on work in progress in a workshop setting. While literary merit is the main consideration, the Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships are especially intended to support women who have not attended Bread Loaf in the past and also meet 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 these scholarships.

Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholars will be offered a public reading from their own work during a Scholar Reading. They are contributors in workshops and receive guidance on their work during the conference. Upon acceptance, Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholars receive details on how to submit an unpublished manuscript for workshop critique. (The manuscript guidelines are similar to those followed during the application process—see details below.)

Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board at the conference ($3,720) and include a $500 travel stipend.

Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarships are accepted online and must be submitted by February 15. To apply for a Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship, complete the online application, which includes a section where applicants write a short statement of 300 to 500 words addressing the scholarship criteria noted above. Along with filling out the online application, applicants submit a manuscript of published or unpublished work in the genre in which they are applying. See the manuscript guidelines for important details.

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