Putting mountains into words

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Hillwalkers and climbers who like to express their love for the mountains and mountaineering in words are invited to take part in Mountaineering Scotland’s annual literary competition.

The Mountaineering Scotland Writing Competition 2019 is looking for the best in new mountain writing, whether fact or fiction, prose or poetry.

With more and more people taking art in outdoor activities, there should be no shortage of adventurers ready to put their experiences into words and share what makes mountains or mountaineers, or the act of walking or climbing, so special to them.

First prize in both prose and poetry sections is £200. Second and third prize winners in each section will receive £100 and £50 respectively.

As well as the cash prizes, winners will see their entries in print in Scottish Mountaineer, the quarterly Mountaineering Scotland magazine which goes out to its more than 14,000 members.

Winning entries are also published on the Mountaineering Scotland website.

Run since 1987, the competition is open to members and non-members alike and regularly attracts entries from all over the UK, with all contributions having some connection with mountains and mountaineering, rock or ice climbing, walking or ski-mountaineering.

Prose entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words long. Poetry entries should be a maximum of 200 words.

Entries should be sent by email to the MWC Coordinator, Tommy McManmon, by August 31 at the latest, at article@mountaineering.scot

Full details and rules of the competition are available on the website at www.mountaineering.scot/ members/membe rs-benefits/scottish-mountaineer-magazine/mountain-writing-competition