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The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literaure

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Rules Governing the 2020 Award

1. The Prize

The prize for 2019 will be £3,000 and will be awarded to the author or authors of the best literary work, whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, the central theme of which is concerned with the mountain environment. The emphasis will be on literary merit and the judges may withhold the prize if they do not consider any entry to be of sufficient merit.

2. Eligibility

a) Authors
Entries for consideration may have been written by an author of any nationality but the work must be published or distributed in the United Kingdom. The work must be written or have been translated into the English language. In the event that a book has been ghost written, the name of the ghost writer must be declared. A co-authored work will be eligible but a collection of writings by multiple authors will not.
b) Form and period
The prize will be awarded for a work first published or distributed in the United Kingdom between 1st August 2019 and 15th July 2020. A work must be available for retail purchase in the United Kingdom on 15th July 2020. This includes ‘Print on demand’ book formats. A resubmission or re-working of a work previously submitted shall not be eligible. The entry must be in book format and not the format of a magazine or other periodical or anthology. In a collection of essays or articles by a single author, the inclusion of material previously published but now in book format for the first time will be acceptable. Books of photographs will not be excluded but to qualify they must have a substantial text.
c) Determination of eligibility
Determination of eligibility shall be in the sole discretion of the trustees whose decision shall be final and binding.

3. Judging

The decision as to the prizewinner will be made by a panel of judges appointed by the Trustees.
The decision will be final and no discussion about it will be entered into.

4. Conditions for Submission

a) Submission only by Publishers
Applications shall be submitted as soon as possible by an independent publisher responsible for the first publication (or distribution) of an English language edition of that work in the United Kingdom. Entries will not be accepted direct from the authors, and the submission of an author’s work by their publisher will imply agreement by the author that they are willing for the submitted work to be considered. Publishers outside the United Kingdom must give the name and address of the United Kingdom distributor.
b) What needs to be submitted
Entry for the prize can only be effected by submission of:
1. A completed submission form accompanied by:
2. 4 copies of the book in published form. Books submitted without a completed submission form will not be accepted and will not be returned.
3. The book cover image.
4. A 40 word summary of the book, these are for use on the BT website, press releases and communications about entries to the BT Award.
c) EBooks
For the purposes of the BT award an EBook is a book available for purchase in electronic format in accordance with the preceding rules. Material that is only accessible on a website will not be accepted. Bound paper copies must be provided as above. Electronic copies of an EBook will not be accepted.
d) Dates of submission
Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 15th July 2020.
Page proofs and unpublished work will NOT be accepted.
All entries must be submitted to:
Mr Steve Dean
Secretary Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Award
8 Bank View Road
Darley Abbey
DE22 1EJ
Telephone: 01332 342246

5. Announcement of the prize winner

The judges will announce their decision at the Award ceremony to be held on Friday 20th November 2020 at the Kendal Mountain Festival.

6. Publicity

Shortlisted Authors will be requested to attend the Award Ceremony and participate in the Shortlisted Authors (SLA) event to talk about their books. Attendance is not mandatory but those unable to attend will be expected to co-operate in pre-recording an interview or another presentation to be shown in the SLA event. All are expected to co-operate with reasonable requests to publicise their own book and the Award Ceremony before, during and in the aftermath of the Award.


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