Searching for the best new outdoor writers as Mountaineering Scotland launches annual mountain writing competition

Inspiration can be easily found in the mountains. Photo: John Davidson

Budding writers inspired by the mountains are invited to enter an annual competition to find new outdoor writers.

Mountaineering Scotland has launched its Mountain Writing Competition for 2022 and is urging people to enter in the prose or poetry category.

The representative body for hikers, climbers, mountaineers and ski touring enthusiasts in Scotland is looking for the best in new mountain and mountaineering literature.

Whether it’s the adrenaline rush of rock and ice climbing, the tranquility and beauty of gentle wandering hills, or the wonder of high mountain travel, people have always felt inspired to write about their experiences in the mountains.

The Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Writing Competition is open to members and non-members alike, and entries can be factual or fictional, so long as the subject matter relates to any aspect of mountaineering, rock climbing, walking or ski mountaineering or ski touring. .

Writers can submit one entry in each of two categories, poetry and prose.

First prize in the prose and poetry sections is £200, while second and third prizes in each section will receive £100 and £50 respectively.

In addition to cash prizes, winners will have their contributions published in Scottish Mountaineer, Mountaineering Scotland’s quarterly magazine read by over 14,000 members.

The winning works are also published on the Mountaineering Scotland website.

The competition has been running since 1987 and previous winners have included veteran outdoor writer Hamish Brown and the more recent arrival of John Burns, author of The Last Hillwalker, Bothy Tales and other books.

An archive of previous winners in the prose and poetry categories can be found at

Prose entries should be a maximum of 2000 words and poetry entries should be a maximum of 200 words. There is an entry fee of £5 per category.

Full rules and details on how to enter are at

The registration deadline is October 31 at 5 p.m.

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