Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

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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.

2020 shortlist[edit]

  • Patrick Baker, The Unremembered Places: Exploring Scotland's Wild Histories
  • Emily Chappell, Where There's a Will: Hope, Grief and Endurance in a Cycle Race Across a Continent
  • Peter Foster, The Uncrowned King of Mont Blanc: The Life of T. Graham Brown, Physiologist and Mountaineer
  • Peter Goulding, Slatehead: The Ascent of Britain's Slate-Climbing Scene
  • Jessica J. Lee, Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration and Taiwan


Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature Young Writer's Award[edit]

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award for writers aged between 16 and 25 was introduced for works up to 1,500 words in length that must be "original unpublished literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, the central theme of which is concerned with the mountain environment".[1] The prize is £250 and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


  1. ^ "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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