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 2019


The trustees of the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust invite publishers to make submissions for the 2019 Boardman Tasker Award. 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 2017 and 31st July 2019.

Books should be submitted as soon as they are available, but by 1st August 2019 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.



2019 Judges

The Judging Panel for the 2019 Boardman Tasker Award is:

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Roger Hubank

Roger Hubank is a novelist whose work is largely devoted to exploring risk-taking in a wilderness of one kind or another. He started climbing in the era of moleskin breeches, jammed knots and long run-outs. His first novel, North Wall, was praised by Al Alvarez as ‘a genuine and moving work of imagination on a subject where true imagination is usually the one quality never found’Hazard`s Way, set in the English Lake District, won the Boardman Tasker Prize, the Grand Prix at the Banff Mountain Book Festival, and a special commendation from the Royal Society of Literature. North, about a disastrous nineteenth-century American Arctic expedition, won a Special Jury award at the Banff festival, and was hailed in The Observer as 'perhaps the first great historical novel of the twenty-first century'

Four of his novels were re-issued in the United States in 2014. A late novel, Holy Ground, set in the Cuillin against a background of the Spanish Civil War, (sadly) remains unpublished.

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Katie Ives

Katie Ives is the editor-in-chief of Alpinist and a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Banff Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program. Her stories, essays and translations have appeared in various publications, including The New York Times, the American Alpine Journal, Circumference, Outside, The Rumpus and Patagonia’s Field Reports — and the anthologies Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing (2013) and Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry and Art (2018).

In 2016 she received the H. Adams Carter Literary Award from the American Alpine Club. That same year, one of her Alpinist articles made the Notables list for The Best American Sports Writing, and she was featured in Adventure Journal as one of twenty-four women “who are making outdoor adventure better.”

She particularly enjoys moonlit ice climbs, cold peaks and long granite ridges. From 1999 to 2001, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, where she developed a lasting interest in both mountain communities and winter landscapes.

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tony shaw

Tony Shaw began hill walking soon after receiving a copy of ‘Let’s Go Climbing’ for his 12th birthday and has been collecting and reading mountaineering books ever since. Three years later he joined the Mynydd CC and has remained a member, though now less involved, for well over half a century.

For many years he nursed a healthy obsession with the climbing potential of one small Welsh Valley, even managing to contribute a few minor routes of his own. He is the editor of the Crafnant Guide, the co-editor of the 50th Anniversary History of the Mynydd and has written articles for Walking Wales, ISYS Outdoors and the occasional review for Climber.

He holds an honours degree in mathematics and spent the majority of his career in engineering but also worked for a brief period as Director of the Snowdonia Society before becoming deeply involved in Social Enterprise in inner city Manchester.

He lives in the White Peak and has two sons and two grandchildren.

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