Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust celebrates their legacy by awarding the annual Award for Mountain Literature and the Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Submission of Entries 2017


The trustees of the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust invite publishers to make submissions for the 2017 Boardman Tasker Award. Please note there are changes to the 2017 rules so please read the full rules before making any submissions.

Books with mountain, not necessarily mountaineering, theme whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, written in the English language (initially or in translation) will be eligible. The entry must be in book format, and not in the format of a magazine or other periodical or anthology.

The Prize will be awarded for a work published or distributed in the United Kingdom for the first time between 1st August 2016 and 31st July 2017.

Books should be submitted as soon as they are available, but by 1st August 2017 at the latest. Publishers are invited to send four copies of each book entered (or page-proofs if necessary) with an entry form for each title. No restriction is made on the number of entries each publisher may make.



2017 Judges

The Judging Panel for the 2017 Boardman Tasker Award is:

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Helen Mort is a poet, runner and climber based in Sheffield. Her first collection 'Division Street' was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013 and her next collection 'No Map Could Show Them' was published in summer 2016, a book partly inspired by the history of women's mountaineering. She has written for Climb and The Alpinist and her work features in 'Rock, Paper Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing'.

She is a former Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. Helen is a five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007. She won the Manchester Young Writers Prize in 2008 and ‘Division Street’ was awarded the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize for the best first collection in 2014.

You can read more about her work at

Kate Moorehead

Catherine Moorehead (also known as Kate) was brought up in Nairn, in the northern shadow of the Cairngorms. After Edinburgh University, where she read English Language and Literature, she enjoyed a career of 37 years in English teaching, two of which were spent in France. Having recently retired from the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, Catherine spends her time writing, editing, reading travel and mountaineering literature, mountain walking and travelling to relatively unvisited places.

Apart from various articles for the Alpine Journal, the American Alpine Journal, and the Himalayan Journal, Catherine is the current Assistant Editor (obits) for the Alpine Journal. She has published two books: Spirit of Adventure (2011), an anthology of mountain writing, and The K2 Man (2013), the biography of K2's discoverer, Godwin-Austen.

Catherine has led six expeditions to unexplored parts of Central Asia. She compleated (sic) her Munros in 1996 and is an occasional skier. She is an Associate Member of the Alpine Club and is an FRGS.

Peter Gillman

Peter Gillman is a writer and journalist who has been writing about mountains and the outdoors for some fifty years.

His biography of George Mallory, The Wildest Dream, co-authored with his wife Leni, won the Boardman Tasker prize in 2000. Their book Extreme Eiger won the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild outdoor book of the year award in 2015. 

Peter has written widely on mountaineering and related topics for the national and specialist press, particularly for the Sunday Times where he was a staff member for fifteen years, including five with the Insight investigative team. 

Peter is a keen hill-walker who completed the Scottish Munros in 1997, then added the “new” Munros – at the age of 68 – in 2010.  Peter and Leni live in south London. They have been married for 54 years and have two children and four grand-children.

Shortlist 2016

Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature
2016 Shortlist announced


Interest in the Boardman Tasker (BT) Award for Mountain Literature remains as great as ever and this year’s competition has resulted in 35 books being submitted, from personal journeys and adventures, poetry, biographies & autobiographies to novels.

The last three years have seen well over 100 entries and a very high standard of submission has generally emerged.

The BT Award highlights afresh the memory of Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker, but it seeks to do more than that. The Award recognises and rewards outstanding books of literature concerned with the mountain environment, books which will in turn challenge and inspire their readers, perhaps to climb or to explore the world of mountains, perhaps to write or perhaps to look at the world in a different way. Perpetuating and refreshing the challenge and inspiration of mountains through literature is one way in which the BT Trust seeks to remember Pete and Joe.

Read about the shortlist here.