Mountaineers asked to tell their tallest of tales
WRITERS with a passion for the hills and climbing are being sought by Mountaineering Scotland for its annual literary competition.
The Mountaineering Scotland Writing Competition 2017 is looking for the best in new mountain writing, whether fact or fiction, prose or poetry.
And, with more and more people taking art in outdoor activities, there should be no shortage of climbers and walkers ready to put their experiences into words and share what makes mountains, or walking and climbing, so special to them.
Entries should have some connection with mountains and mountaineering, rock or ice climbing, walking or ski-mountaineering, and winners will re- ceive a cash prize and the chance to see their entries in print in the
Scottish Mountaineer, the quarterly Mountaineering Scotland magazine which goes out to its more than 14,000 members.
The first placed winners in prose and poetry categories will also receive a free weekend pass (worth about £100) to the 2016 Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival.
Winning entries are also published on the Mountaineering Scotland website. Run since 1987, the competition is open to members and non-members and regularly attracts entries from all over the UK.
Prose entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words. Poetry entries can be of any length. The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK, whether members of Mountaineering Scotland or not.
The deadline for this year’s competition is September 30. Entries should be sent to the MWC Coordinator, Tommy McManmon, preferably by email to article@ mountaineering. scot or by hard copy to Mountaineering Scotland, ‘MWC2017’, The Granary, West Mill Street, Perth PH1 5QP.
Full details of the competition are available on the website.
Ben Nevis from Aonach Eagach, by Neil Reid.