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Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature is an annual prize of £3,000 awarded by the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust to an author or authors for 'an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.' It was established in memory of British climbers Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, both of whom wrote books about their mountaineering expeditions, after their deaths on the north-east ridge of Mount Everest in 1982. It can be awarded for a piece of fiction or non-fiction, poetry or drama, although the work must have been written in (or translated into) English. The prize is announced at the annual Kendal Mountain Festival.

2019 shortlistEdit

  • Mick Fowler, No Easy Way: The Challenging Life of the Climbing Taxman
  • Kate Harris, Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road
  • Geoff Powter, Inner Ranges: An Anthology of Mountain Thoughts and Mountain People
  • David Smart, Paul Preuss: Lord of the Abyss
  • Jeff Smoot, Hangdog Days: Conflict, Change, and the Race for 5.14
  • David Wilson, The Equilibrium Line: Poems Inspired by Climbing[1]


Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature Young Writer's AwardEdit

In 2012, an award for writers aged between 16 and 25 was introduced for works up to 1,500 words in length that must be "original unpublished literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, the central theme of which is concerned with the mountain environment".[2] The prize is £250 and publication in Summit magazine.


  1. ^ Berry, Natalie. "2019 Boardman Tasker Shortlist Announced". Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature Young Writer's Award". Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2012.

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