The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature is one of the most prestigious prizes in the realm of nature and adventure writing. It was created to honor the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, two friends and climbers who were innovators in the lightweight movement in high alpine mountaineering. They were last seen on the Pinnacles of Mount Everest on May 17, 1982.
Boardman and Tasker left behind literary legacies as powerful as their climbing successes. Within a year of their deaths, their friends and family and members of the British climbing community raised enough money to create the Boardman Tasker Award.
What makes this award particularly compelling is that it’s not a sure thing. No award was given out in its inaugural year because the judging panel didn’t find the submissions lived up to the high literary standards established by the written works of Boardman and Tasker themselves. Subsequently, an award has been handed out each year, but only if a book rises to the level of merit.
The winner is announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival each November, in Cumbria, England. Along with the recognition, the winner receives £3,000 (about $3,900).
All works of nonfiction, fiction, drama, and poetry are accepted, so long as they are based around life and inspiration in the mountains. Books must published or distributed in the UK and be available in English. Submissions for 2019 will likely be accepted after the Kendal Mountain Festival wraps up on November 18, 2018, and through July 2019.
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