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Mountainering Writing Competition 2021

Entries for the 2021 Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Writing competition will open at 9am Thurs 16 September 2021.

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

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 Friday 5 November 2021.
  • 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.
  • You may enter both categories (poetry and prose). Only one entry per category is allowed per individual.
  • Entry fee of £5 per entry per category.
  • 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 should quote their club name or individual membership number.
  • Winners will be notified in January 2022. Mountaineering Scotland reserves the right to publish the prize-winning entries in Scottish Mountaineer magazine and on other Mountaineering Scotland communication channels (eg website, social media). Winners will be required to provide a photograph and short biography of themselves to be published alongside their winning entry.
  • There should be nothing identifying the author in the submitted work.
  • All submissions must be the author's own work and not copy or plagarise any other work.