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Closing Date: Friday 25th of May 2018

Poetry competition for 5-7 year olds

Teach your younger pupils the secret of writing fantastic riddle poems with Little Riddlers. Challenging, rewarding, fun and helps pupils enjoy poetry, get ready to set imaginations on fire and light up your classroom!

Use the engaging worksheet alongside the optional video activity and lesson plan to engage and motivate your pupils to plan, draft and write their very own riddle poems. From people and places to food and storybook characters there is lots to inspire your budding little riddlers.

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  • Only one entry per student

  • Poems can be written or typed on any theme and in any poetic style

  • Ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the entry form


Our top 5 favourite little poets will each win a Little Riddlers Gift Box (winners will be chosen from entries received in Spring Term 2018).

For Schools

1st Prize - £500

2nd Prize - £250

3rd Prize - £100

PLUS a free copy of the book your pupils feature in

For Pupils

Our top 5 favourite little poets will each win a Little Riddlers Gift Box


  • Bookmark for every entrant

  • Sticker for every entrant (you can order these once your entries have been received!)

  • Certificate of merit for those selected for publication

Closing Date: Friday 25th of May 2018

How To Enter

  • If you need any further entry forms you can photocopy or download them, give us a call or email or use the Resources Request form below.

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, upload your pupils' poems here

Closing Date: Friday 25th of May 2018


To see the competition pack, including full competition information and resources, please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.



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Writing Tips

Tip #1

Writing a recount is pretty standard when you get back from a school holiday! Why not mix things up and also ask pupils to write a riddle about something they received or someone they’ve seen over Christmas?

A great excuse to play Christmas songs again!

Tip #2

A Valentine’s Day inspired riddle could be about:

  • Someone they love
  • A pet
  • Their idol
  • Their best friend

And if some kids feel this is a bit vomit-inducing, then flip it and they can write a riddle about something they dislike from serious stuff like bullying to silly stuff like vegetables!

Tip #3

We suggest 6 clue ideas in the Little Riddlers worksheet for pupils to try. If they are struggling with those or they don’t appeal then encourage them to use their sense, feelings and colours to describe their riddle answer!

It’s a fun way to adapt poetry writing for both age and ability.

Tip #4

Encourage pupils to use a poetic technique in their riddles, such as:

  • Similes – pupils can describe their answer as or like something else:

“It’s as furry as a bear” or “It is white like a snowman”

  • Onomatopoeia – pupils can describe their answer like the sounds it makes:

“It whooshes in the air” or “It buzzes round flowers”

This is a great way for pupils to try using poetic techniques and make their writing more interesting.

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Contact Us

Young Writers PS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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For Young Writers entering independently (not via their school)

Send school entries online
For teachers to upload their pupils' submissions

Closing Date: Friday 25th of May 2018

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