Mountain Writing Competition

Stay home and put your passion for mountains into words with Mountaineering Scotland’s annual Mountain Writing Competition…


Hillwalkers and climbers are being challenged to put their passion for Scotland’s wild places into words. Mountaineering Scotland’s annual Mountain Writing competition is now open for entries.

The number of hillwalkers and climbers has declined since lockdown began. Therefore, this is a great opportunity to express in words what the mountains and crags mean to you.

It may be prose or poetry, fact or fiction. You may fondly recall a particular walk, or tell us of an imagined vertical adventure. Whatever you choose to write about, it must have mountains and mountaineers at heart. The aim is to find the best in new mountain writing.

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 published 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 31st August at the latest, at



Full details and rules of the competition are available on the website >>

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