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Book Week Scotland
Riddle Writer

We are looking for a Riddle Writer!

As part of Book Week Scotland 2023, Crowvus are running a car treasure hunt around West Caithness. Using the generous funding from the Scottish Book Trust, we're delighted to be able to offer one writer a £200 commission to create our clues.

This commission will require you to create 30 riddles in what we are calling whimsical poetry. We will send out pictures of the points of interest so that the successful writer can get a feel for the area as well as the object. This will be a family event, so use of language and references should reflect that.

The closing date for submissions is 1st October 2023. We'll be in touch with the successful writer no later than 6th October 2023. The writer will then have one month to compile the 30 riddles. These must be received by 6th November 2023.

As always, if you have any questions or queries, please email

How to Apply...

  1. All applications should be emailed to We will not accept paper applications, or those made through the online form

  2. Your email should include your name, and your three riddles. There is no need to attach these, they can be included in the body of the email. You are welcome to include any further relevant details to your application, however this is not a requirement

  3. Write a riddle for all three of the images on the right of this page. These points of interest are not part of the Treasure Hunt route, and are only being used for illustration purposes

Here's the Rules...

  1. This commission is open to all writers

  2. Application deadline: 1st October 2023 (the very last second of the month!)

  3. The successful applicant will be notified by Friday 6th October 2023

  4. Riddles must be solely the work of the applicant

  5. Applications should be sent to Do not use the online form. You will receive an automatic reciept. Note: this is an unmanned email address

  6. Please use RIDDLE WRITER COMMISSION in the subject bar, as we have multiple submissions open.

  7. While copyright remains with the author, Crowvus reserves the right to publish and distribute the final riddles at no extra cost. Crowvus will always credit the author.

  8. The panel's decision is final

  9. Crowvus will not enter into disputes with third parties

  10. This commission is £200. There will be no other payment

  11. Applicants must have either a bank account or a PayPal account

  12. An application will be viewed as acceptance of all the rules

We look forward to receiving your application!

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A Building Covered with Clematis
An old postbox being used as a birdfeeder
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(There are 13!)
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