Every year, articles in the Journal may be judged for the W.H. Murray Literary Prize. Along with the obvious warm glow which winning this brings, a cheque for £250 and an invitation to the following annual SMC Dinner follows.
As a tribute to the late Bill Murray, whose mountain and environment writings have been an inspiration to many a budding mountaineer, the SMC, from 1998, hold a writing prize, to be run through the pages of the Journal. The basic rules are set out below.
The deadline for contributions being, as standard for the Journal, the end of January.
2020 Michael Jacob 'Taking the Easy Way?'
2019 Julian Lines 'Magrathea, Creag an Dubh Loch'
2018 Roger Webb 'The Seam, The Seam'
2017 Steve Hindley 'Parishes of the Infinite'
2016 Phil Gribbon 'Going,going,gone'
2015 Ian Crofton 'The Hills Are Alive…'
2014 Ian Taylor 'Opening The Church Door'
2013 Graeme Morrison 'Lines From The Russian: Anti-Matter In The Cuillin, 29 July 1931'
2012 No Prize awarded (see Rule 3, above)
2010 No Prize awarded (see Rule 3, above)
2009 Hamish Brown 'Sgurr Thuilm'
2008 Gordon Smith 'A Tale of Dangerous Obsession'
2007 John Watson 'Bouldering with Ghosts'
2006 Guy Robertson 'Final Destination'
2005 Graham E. Little 'Coming of Age on the Lammergeir Spire'
2004 Robin N. Campbell 'Climbing and Writing: The Victorian Way'
2003 Peter Biggar 'The Second Sight'
2002 Mick Fowler 'Climbing in the Cold'
2001 Alan Mullin: 'Centurion Solo on Two Cheeseburgers'
2000 Des Rubens 'W.H. Murray Revisited'
1999 David Hughes 'Welcome to the Club'
1998 Donald Orr 'Failure'
1. There shall be a competition for the best entry on Scottish Mountaineering published in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal. The competition shall be called the 'W.H. Murray Literary Prize', hereafter called the 'Prize.'
2. The judging panel shall consist of, in the first instance, the following: The current Editor of the SMC Journal; The current President of the SMC; and two or three lay members, who may be drawn from the membership of the SMC. The lay members of the panel will sit for three years after which they will be replaced.
3. If, in the view of the panel, there is in any year no entries suitable for the Prize, then there shall be no award that year.
4. Entries shall be writing on the general theme of 'Scottish Mountaineering', and may be prose articles of up to approximately 5000 words in length, or shorter verse. Entries may be fictional.
5. Panel members may not enter for the competition during the period of their membership.
6. Entries must be of original, previously unpublished material. Entries should be submitted to the Editor of the SMC Journal before the end of April for consideration that year. (See the Journal Page for information on how to submit articles.) Any contributor to the SMC Journal is entitled to exclude their material from consideration of the Prize and should notify the Editor of this wish in advance.
7. The prize will be a cheque for the amount £250.
8. Contributors may make different submissions in different years.
9. The decision of the panel is final.
10. Any winning entry will be announced in the SMC Journal and will be published in the SMC Journal and on the SMC Web site. Thereafter, authors retain copyright.