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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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.


Submission of Entries 2016


The trustees of the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust invite publishers to make submissions for the 2016 Boardman Tasker Prize. Please note there are changes to the 2016 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 2015 and 31st July 2016.

Books should be submitted as soon as they are available, but by 1st August 2016 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.



2016 Judges

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Graham Desroy
Chair of Judges

Graham is an Outdoor Consultant with extensive climbing and mountaineering experience.

He is a former editor of the YMC climbing guidebooks, and has served on various BMC and UIAA committees.

Well known for his poor taste in Hawaiian shirts, headbands and white trousers!

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Terry Gifford

Terry Gifford was Director of the annual International Festival of Mountaineering Literature for 21 years. Former Chair of the Mountain Heritage Trust, he is the author of The Joy of Climbing (2004), editor of the complete works of John Muir and author of seven collections of poetry, including The Rope (1996), a Boardman Tasker entrant.

Visiting Professor at Bath Spa University’s Centre for Writing and Environment and Profesor Honorifico at the University of Alicante, Spain, in his 52nd year of rock-climbing he was recently still struggling up long easy routes in Scotland, Ireland, Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset, where he is the resident gardener.

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Helen Mort

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 latest collection 'No Map Could Show Them' is now available, 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

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