Entries should have a mountain theme

Entries should have a mountain theme

High-minded writers are being urged to enter a long-running literary competition.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is seeking the best writing about mountains, whether fact or fiction; prose or poetry for its annual contest.

Organisers said entries should have some connection with mountains and mountaineering, rock- or ice-climbing, walking or ski-mountaineering, and winners will receive a cash prize and the chance to see their entries in print in the Scottish Mountaineer, the quarterly MCofS magazine which goes out to its more than 12,000 members.

The MCofS said: “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 the act of walking or climbing so special to them.”

Winning entries will also be published on the MCofS website.

The competition, run since 1987, is open to members and non-members alike and regularly attracts entries from all over the UK.

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.

Prose entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words long. Poetry entries can be of any length. The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK, whether members of the MCofS or not.

Deadline for this year’s competition is 31 August.

Entries should be sent to the competition co-ordinator Mike Merchant, preferably by email or by hard copy to MCofS, MWC2015, The Old Granary, West Mill Street, Perth PH1 5QP.

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