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BANFF Mountain Book Competition 2024

BANFF Mountain Book Competition 2024

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BANFF Mountain Book Competition 2024

The BANFF Mountain Book Competition 2024 celebrates mountain literature  film, and photography, bringing together filmmakers, writers, publishers, editors, photographers, athletes, adventurers, and – of course – readers.  Featuring film screenings, guest speakers, readings, seminars and book signings, the Festival offers a wide spectrum of experiences for the mountain film and book-loving audience.

As a key program of Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival, the Book Competition is an internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all its forms.


  • Adventure Travel – includes non-fiction books with a theme of travel to, and exploration of, remote and/or rugged landscapes and their cultures.
  • Mountain Fiction & Poetry – includes fiction and poetry books with a focus on mountain topics. Creative narratives about climbing and mountaineering, exploration and mountain culture are accepted.
  • Mountain Literature – includes non-fiction books such as memoirs, biographies, and narratives on mountaineering, climbing history, mountain exploration, mountain culture, and human experiences of any kind in the mountains and in wilderness areas.
  • Environmental Literature – includes books that pertain to the environment, specifically related to flora, wildlife, conservation, and climate change. Scholastic research and academic papers/texts will not be accepted.
  • Guidebook – non-fiction books dealing with physical activities in mountain environments including hiking, climbing, mountaineering and “how-to” books.
  • Mountain Image – includes books with a primary focus on mountain images and with text in a complementary role. Images may include photographs or reproductions of artwork. *This category will be reviewed by our Photo Competition jury*
  • Mountain Article – includes articles or short form essays under 7,000 words with mountain themes including, but not limited to: climbing, adventure, conservation, and mountain literature. Articles may be fiction, historical or non-fiction narratives, and can be submitted by either an editor or author of the article. This category accepts articles that have been published in print or digitally.
  • Climbing Literature – will be awarded to the best long-listed book on mountaineering or climbing.
  • Grand Prize – will be awarded to a book chosen from amongst the winners in the above categories.

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  • Over $29,000 in cash is awarded annually with 8 awards selected by an international jury of writers, adventurers and editors.

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Eligibility for BANFF Mountain Book Competition

  • Entries must be first editions published in 2023 or 2024.
  • Each book entry must include Five (5) finished copies of the book (or two (2) advance reading copies). These are necessary for the preview and judging process and will NOT be returned.
  • New editions of previously published titles may be eligible if previous editions have not been entered in the competition in the past. Each title may be entered in the competition only once.
  • Entries for all categories may be submitted by authors or publishers. Please coordinate to avoid duplication.
  • Mountain Article – must be under 7,000 words and must be submitted as a PDF. Must have been published in 2023 or 2024. Scholastic, research, or scientific articles will not be accepted. Entries must be a standalone piece and cannot be part of a collection of writing. Each author can submit two (2) articles.
  • Shipping, customs duties and taxes are the responsibility of the entrant. The use of retail values on international shipments may generate duty and/or taxes; these will be charged back to the sender.
  • All works must be in English.

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Application of BANFF Mountain Book Competition

By the above date we require the following:

  • A completed entry form – submitted online, books delivered to the festival office.
  • Five finished copies of each title to the festival office (July 31, 2024, for titles published after June 30, 2024). A digital copy of the book is now mandatory for the 2024 competition.
  • Early submission of books is encouraged and appreciated.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline02 July,2024
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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