Mountain Book Competition

Mountain Book Competition

2020 Mountain Book Competition

Entry Procedures and Regulations

Open for entries – Enter HERE, with the last entries accepted on 30 March, 2020


Our MOUNTAIN BOOK COMPETITION will open for entries on January 1st 2020, with the last entries accepted on 30 March, 2020.

We are also looking for writers and publishers who would like to do book launches and talks at our Festival over June 26 to July 1 in Wanaka.

The NZ Mountain Book Festival is an exciting event, bringing the best adventure books written on the world’s remote places and extreme sports. The festival features; guest speakers, readings, seminars, book signings and launches. The Festival offers a wide spectrum of experiences for the adventure book-loving audience.

We bring their spirit of adventure, from around the world, to the alpine villages of Wanaka (June 26 to July 1) and Queenstown (2-4 July) in 2020.

The mountain book competition provides an opportunity for writers to showcase their work, receive merit and win cash prizes. We invite you to submit your book for consideration.

The theme is: Adventure Sports and Lifestyles. Please note that the subject matter criteria are extremely broad. There must be a link, however, with adventure sports or people, and also be set in the world’s mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans or skies. These adventure sports can include (but are not limited to) Mountain climbing, rock or ice climbing, tramping, trekking, caving, kayaking, canyoning, white water rafting, base jumping, and paragliding. As are entries which consider mountain culture or wild environments.


Open for entries – Enter HERE, with the last entries accepted on 30 March, 2020



You can enter literature in the following categories;

Mountain or Adventure Fiction and Poetry — includes fiction and poetry books with a focus on adventure topics. Creative narratives about climbing and mountaineering, all aspects of adventure sports, exploration and mountain culture are acceptable (English editions only).

$250 prize sponsored by Relishes Cafe.

For 30 years Relishes has created modern New Zealand cuisine from the wild and wonderful ingredients at our door. Visit us at 99 Ardmore St, Wanaka for fresh, delicious, imaginative food at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Mountain and Adventure Literature, Non-Fiction — includes non-fiction books, such as memoirs, biographies and narratives on mountaineering, climbing history, guidebooks, travel books, mountain exploration, mountain culture, and human experiences of any kind in the mountain wilderness (English editions only).

$250 prize sponsored by Bike it Now! 

Bike it Now! is located in Clyde and aims to provide the highest quality Otago bike retail, tour, hire and workshop services for those cycling the trails in the Central Otago, Southern Lakes, MacKenzie and Waitaki regions.

Grand Prize book award will be awarded to a book chosen from the above categories.

$250 prize sponsored by Wanaka Paper Plus.



Open for entries on January 1st 2020, with the last entries accepted on 30 March, 2020

A thank you to our Judges from 2019

David Vass – Chief judge.

Dave has a passion for reading and writing about the mountains. He is particularly interested in the ways we express our interactions with the natural world, be it through words or actions.

He has always been impressed with the variety of these expressions and is looking forward to reading this year’s efforts.


 Annabel Wilson – Assistant judge.

Annabel Wilson is a writer from Wānaka, living in Christchurch. Her work has been published in journals in New Zealand and overseas.

Among many awards and writing fellowships, her Aspiring Daybook won the fiction category in last years NZ Mountain Book Competition.

Annabel has a Masters in Creative Writing from Massey University. She also runs an NZ arts, adventure and culture guide at

Allan Uren – Assistant judge.

Allan lives in Wanaka. He’s a jack of all trades when it comes to climbing and considers himself lucky to be still doing it after nearly 35 years.

He failed School Certificate English but hasn’t let the lack of formal training stop him from writing.

He’s written for the Wilderness and New Zealand Geographic magazines and been published in the Alpinist magazine and is co-author of the Mt Aspiring Region mountaineering guidebook.



Book entries.

  1. Read the rules for the competition.
  2. Complete the online entry form
  3. Send us your literature. Books should be mailed/couriered to:

NZMFF Mountain Book Competition
40 Frye Crescent
Albert Town
New Zealand




  1. First Editions – to be eligible for the 2020 NZMFF Mountain Book Competition, Books must be published after 2009.
  2. 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.
  3. Entries may be submitted by authors or publishers. Please coordinate to avoid duplication.
  4. All works must be in English.

Shipping of books

  1. All book entries shipped from outside New Zealand must include a completed customs declaration attached to the outside of the parcel. Please note that the declared value should be equivalent to the cost of materials only. The use of retail values on international shipments may generate duty and/or taxes; these will be charged back to the sender.
  2. Shipping, customs duty and taxes are the responsibility of the entrant.

Entry process

  1. Entries close at 5pm, March 30, 2020.
  2. For books, a fully completed entry form and a copy of the literature must be received by this time.  Early submission is encouraged and appreciated.
  3. For book entries, the copy of your literature can be second hand, or an advance reading copy. The copy is necessary for the judging process.
  4. Book entries must be accompanied by a synopsis of a maximum of 100 words. Other promotional materials such as media releases, reviews, etc, may be sent separately to but are not a requirement.
  5. Book entries must include a medium-resolution image file (JPEG preferred, max 2Mb) of the book cover (or author if the cover is not yet confirmed)

Sale of books during the festival

  1. All entrants are invited to have their books for sale during the festival.
  2. All books will be sold by Wanaka Paper Plus from a stand at the festival.  If you wish to have books on sale, please let us know so that we can coordinate with Paper Plus.
  3. Self published titles: We’ll put you in touch with Paper Plus. It is then the authors responsibility to provide the copies to directly Paper Plus. They will be sold on a ‘sale on behalf’ basis, with unsold copies returned to the author.
  4. Titles published through a commercial publishing house: We’ll let Paper Plus know you’d like your book on sale. It will then be the responsibility of Paper Plus to place a normal commercial order for the books from your publisher.


  1. The competition organisers reserve the right to select the category most appropriate for a submission.
  2. The competition organisers reserve the right to use excerpts from, and/or complete entries submitted, for promotional purposes.
  3. At the discretion of the competition organisers, winning authors and publishers may be notified in advance.
  4. Decisions made by the jury will be final.
  5. All books entered will be made available for viewing at the Festival Library during the 2020 event.
  6. All books entered will be donated to a local library after the festival. Authors may request the copy to be returned to them, at the authors expense.
  7. The dispatch of any entry to the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations by the entrant.

If for any reason you foresee difficulty in meeting these requirements or you have questions about your book’s suitability please contact the book competition coordinator at: