Crowd-Sorcery Contest  

Chatterbox: Crowd Sorcery

Crowd-Sorcery Contest  

Crowd-Sorcery Contest  

"The Girl Who Writes the Future"—Fred and Emily’s Crowd-Sorcery story—begins with the November/December issue of Cricket. Many, many thanks to Fred and Emily and to all Chatterboxers who contributed such fabulous ideas. We’re thrilled to have the story in Cricket! Fred has written a multi-part serial, so you’ll be able to enjoy the story for several issues. Part 1 introduces Fable Thatcher, who has her first dangerous encounter with Khaos.

This month's Cricket contest invites you to write your own story inspired by Crowd-Sorcery. We hope that everyone who has been dying to write about some of the characters and ideas you created will enter. Follow this link to the contest. Please make sure you read the rules! Your story is limited to 350 words because winners will appear in the magazine (and on the website). Entries need to be snail-mailed to us by November 25, and kids under 15 need to have a parent sign the story attesting that it is your own work and giving us permission to print it, if it is one of the winners.

We can’t wait to see what stories you write featuring characters from the Crowd-Sorcery site. 


submitted by Admin
(October 30, 2014 - 1:59 pm)

A quick question--

The guidelines for the contest say that an entrant can use any hero/sidekick/villain/etc from the Crowd Sorcery in their story, even if they didn't submit that hero/sidekick/villain in the first place. Wouldn't that be kind of unfair to the people who actually created those characters for the Cricket serial to have them used by other people?


Good question, but in this case it is OK, since Crowd Sorcery is a shared site and entrants are not paid for the stories they write.


submitted by Everinne, age 15, Question, please
(October 30, 2014 - 5:55 pm)

It is a good question, and it's very considerate of others that you asked it, Everinne -- good for you! In support of the answer from Admin, I would add that, by its nature and from its beginning, Crowd-Sorcery is/has been about developing ideas together and sharing them. It's the kind of collaboration that we don't often find in the world, and Cricket has created a special place for that to happen in! In writing and illustrating the story, Emily and I have "used" characters created by others. We've made every effort to pay careful attention to what the creators wrote about the characters. We knew we weren't strictly bound by every detail as designed, but we wanted to be very respectful of the characters as they were created.

submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(October 31, 2014 - 12:20 pm)

I don't usually say OMG, but I just read Part 1 so here it goes...


submitted by Aragorn, age 10,000,000, Gondor
(November 4, 2014 - 11:20 am)

This sounds fun! I can't wait to see what other people come up with!

submitted by Marigold, age 14
(October 31, 2014 - 1:42 pm)




submitted by BROOKEIRAAAA
(November 1, 2014 - 7:43 am)

That's great to hear, Brooke! I'm delighted that you liked the first part of the story!

submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(November 1, 2014 - 11:11 am)

Oh, my, my. Such violence. I LOVE IT!!!

submitted by Will T., age 14, GA
(November 2, 2014 - 2:25 pm)

Thank you so much for everything, Fred, Emily, Admins, and everyone else involved! I haven't gotten my magazine yet, but I'm really excited for it to arrive! :)

submitted by Madeline
(November 2, 2014 - 6:44 pm)

Thank you, too, Madeline! I feel just as grateful to everyone who has taken part in Crowd-Sorcery! Isn't it amazing? Just a year ago, there was no Crowd-Sorcery. Now Fable, Lumine, Khaos, and all the other characters posted on this website have a life of their own. All the words in the Fantasy Dictionary are there for us to see. All of this is grist for stories; all of it is a part of the world and our lives now. And it wouldn't exist in this precise form without every single person who took part!

submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(November 2, 2014 - 10:13 pm)


submitted by Danie
(November 3, 2014 - 6:08 pm)

What email adress do we use if we want to send our story by email?


We don't accept Cricket League entries via email. Only US mail to Cricket League PO Box 300, Peru IL 61354


submitted by Danie
(November 3, 2014 - 6:09 pm)

I usually don't say OMG, but I just got Part 1 of the story so here it goes...


submitted by Aragon, age 10,000,000, Gondor
(November 4, 2014 - 11:16 am)

Who the posted as Aragorn? And got his name wrong? And why on earth would the King of Gondor read Cricket magazine?


Maybe it's not meant to be Aragorn. Aragon is also a name I've heard elsewhere. And people to make mistakes in spelling.


submitted by Everinne, age 15, Minas Tirith
(November 4, 2014 - 5:38 pm)

You should have seen Watermelon and me when Cricket arrived.  We were jumping up and down, and couldn't talk, we were so excited.  Thenwe sat on the couch, and I read the whole thing out loud to Watermelon.  IT WAS AWESOME!

submitted by Bounty, age 12
(November 6, 2014 - 8:55 am)

Dear Admin, 

Do you know if it's ok to combine a couple of characters into one character for the contest? 

Admin: Yes, that's fine! 

submitted by Aubrey L., age 12, Richland,Wa
(November 7, 2014 - 10:06 am)