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:


Poet, runner and climber.

Peter Gillman

Mountaineering historian and writer.

Kate Moorhead

 Writer and mountaineer.


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.