Mountaineering Scotland launches 2022 writing competition

WRITERS in the Borders are invited to send their submissions to a nature-inspired contest.

Mountaineering Scotland’s Mountain Writing Competition – the body which represents hikers, climbers, mountaineers and ski touring enthusiasts – invites people to submit poetry and prose inspired by the Munros, mountains and hills of Scotland.

Entry into this year’s competition is open to members and non-members, with the first winner receiving £200, and the second and third winners £100 and £50 respectively.

In addition to the prize money, winning entries are also published in Mountaineering Scotland magazine, Scottish mountaineerand on its website.

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A Mountaineering Scotland spokesperson said: “Whether it’s the adrenaline rush of rock and ice climbing, the tranquility and beauty of gentle wandering hills or the wonder of traveling in the high mountains, people have always felt compelled to write about their experiences in the mountains.

“And the steady stream of new books on the great outdoors shows that people love to read about it, too.”

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Contest submissions can be factual or fictional – the only condition being that the piece be related to mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking or ski touring.

And writers can contribute one entry to each of the categories – a poem and a piece of prose.

The spokesperson added: “Running since 1987, the competition is open to members and non-members and regularly attracts entries from across the UK.

“Previous winners have included both published authors and people who have taken up creative writing for the first time and include names such as veteran outdoor writer Hamish Brown and the more recent arrival of John Burns, author of The last hiker, The two tales and other books.

“You can read an archive of previous winners in the prose and poetry categories at www.mountaineering.scot/members/members-benefits/scottish-mountaineer-magazine/mountain-writing-competition”

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Prose has a maximum word count of 2,000 words and poetry entries should not exceed 200 words.

Entry to the competition costs £5 per category.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on October 31.

For rules and more information visit: www.mountaineering.scot/mountainwriting