W.H. Murray Literary Prize

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 entries is the end of April.

Previous Winning Articles
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Tim Pettifer
A Stance on Parnassus
Gavin Anderson
Crack Addict
Olly Stephenson
Taking the Easy Way?
Michael Jacob
The Seam, The Seam
Roger Webb
Parishes of the Infinite
Steve Hindley
Phil Gribbon
The Hills Are Alive…
Ian Crofton
Opening The Church Door
Ian Taylor
Strange Happenings at Ben Alder Cottage
Paddy Buckley (Split Prize)
Night in the Big Bedroom
Robert Richardson (Split Prize)
Sgurr Thuilm
Hamish Brown
Bouldering with Ghosts
John Watson
Final Destination
Guy Robertson
The Second Sight
Peter Biggar
Climbing in the Cold
Mick Fowler
W.H. Murray Revisited
Des Rubens
The Rules
  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 Entries must be of original, previously unpublished material.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. 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.