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This year’s contest is now closed!

Congrats to our winners! You can read their entries in Volume 4 of the Canadian Rockies Annual.

WINNER: Carmen Faulkner
RUNNER UP: Jim Swanson
RUNNER UP: Conor McCarthy

Theme: Trouble in the Backcountry

Mountain people have great stories to tell, and we want to hear yours! For our first-ever writing contest, we’re looking for the best writing on your biggest backcountry blunders. We’re giving big points for the perfect blend of writing style and storytelling here, so dig deep and get typing. Winners will receive a cash prize, be published in Volume 4 of the Canadian Rockies Annual and sent a hefty book pack from Rocky Mountain Books!

For this writing contest, we want you to cram your experiences into 400 of your most carefully chosen words and shape them into a publishable piece. Maybe you forgot to bring food on a 4-day trip, faced an epic rescue off a mountain somewhere, got stuck up a tree fending off a bear or left the diapers behind while hiking with the baby. Anything goes, as long as it reveals your biggest fails, mishaps, and epics in the backcountry.