MCofS Mountain Writing Competition and Photographic Competition
The MCofS has joined with Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival to expand this long-running MCofS literary competition and the EMFF photography competition
Every year the MCofS invites people to put pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – to put into writing their experience of the hills and mountains.
The MCofS Mountain Writing Competition is open to all, and entries can be fact or fiction, with categories for prose and poetry, just so long as the subject matter has a connection with any aspect of mountaineering, rock climbing, walking or ski mountaineering / ski-touring.
Judges are MCofS committee members and staff, past competition winners and well-known authors or journalists.
2016 competition entries are being sought now
The winning entries will be announced in October.
Conditions of Entry for the 2016 MCofS Mountain Writing Competition:
- Closing Date for entries is 31st August 2016
- Entries in both categories must be related to mountains and/or mountaineering
- Prose entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words long. Poetry entries can be as long or as short as you like
- All entries should be supplied by email in Word Document format, or by post, typewritten or printed on one side of the paper only
- Enclose an SAE if you wish the article to be returned
- The MCofS & EMFF reserve the right to publish the prize-winning entries. Past winners have been published in the MCofS magazine
- The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK, either members of the MCofS or not. Members should quote their club name or individual membership number
The MCofS has encouraged creative mountain writing through the competition since 1987, when the competition was started by the then President, Graham E Little. Past Vice President Ingrid Parker introduced a poetry category in 1997.
Deadline for entries is 31st August, 2016
MCofS Mountain Writing Coordinator
The coordinator for the annual writing competition is Mike Merchant.
Discerning readers of Scottish Mountaineer will recognise Mike, as he won the prose Mountain Writing Competition in 2009 with his Peace after the Storm article.
Mike has been a keen Scottish hillgoer for more than 30 years, has an informed interest in outdoors issues, extensive experience in membership publications: he edited the John Muir Trust Journal for eight years (and produced factsheets and reference material for that organisation), and has worked as a magazine journalist.
2017 Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival
for full details of this years festival and entry for the photographic competition see the website:
The MCofS has encouraged creative mountain writing through the MCofS Mountain Writing Competition since 1987. There have been over 300 entries since its inception by then President Graham E Little. Past Vice President Ingrid Parker then introduced a Poetry category in 1997.
We all have it in us, so if you feel you can let it out, then enter the competition. The subject matter must have a connection with any aspect of mountaineering, rock climbing, walking or ski mountaineering / ski-touring. It can be fiction or non-fiction, weird or wonderful. Judges will look for originality.
Judges are MCofS Committee members and staff, past competition winners and well-known authors or journalists.
The winning entries for both competitions are announced at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival in October. Winners of the photography competition are displayed as part of the EMFF exhibition at the Edinburgh Fine Art Library on George IV Bridge, which runs for a month in the lead-up to the festival in October and they will then be reproduced in the Scottish Mountaineer.
Find out who won prizes in recent years and read the articles here: