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Mountain Writing Competition 2022

Entries for the 2022 Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Writing competition open on 17 August 2022.

This year entries will be through an online application portal with an entry fee of £5 per entry per category. The competition is open to both Mountaineering Scotland members and non-members.

There are two categories - poetry and prose. You may enter both (one entry per category).

Prose category:

  • 1st prize £200
  • 2nd prize £100
  • 3rd prize £50

Enter prose category

Poetry category:

  • 1st prize £200
  • 2nd prize £100
  • 3rd Prize £50

Enter poetry category

  • Closing Date for entries is 5pm on 31 October 2022
  • Entries must be related to mountains and/or mountaineering.
  • All entries should be submitted using the online application portal. No written or emailed entries will be accepted. 
  • There should be nothing identifying the author in the submitted work. 
  • You may enter both categories (poetry and prose) 
    • Entry fee of £5 per entry per category. 
    • Only one entry per category is allowed per individual. If you submit more than one entry per category, your first entry will be the one that goes through to the judging round. 
  • Word count: 
    • Prose entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words long. 
    • Poetry entries should be a maximum of 200 words long. 
    • There is no minimum length for either category. 
    • Previous winners at any level may not re-enter the same category. 
  • The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK and to both members of Mountaineering Scotland and non-members. Members are asked to provide their club name or individual membership number. 
  • Winners will be notified in January 2023 and will be asked to provide a photograph and short biography of themselves to be published alongside their winning entry.
  • Mountaineering Scotland reserves the right to publish the prize-winning entries in Scottish Mountaineer magazine and on other Mountaineering Scotland communication outlets (eg website, social media).  
  • All submissions must be the author's own work and not copy or plagiarise any other work.