New Contest

  • Wild Animal Poetry

    There are no hippopotamuses or dangerous crocodiles in Cricket Country (just an Ugly Bird), but this issue of Cricket got everybuggy thinking about how cool and awesome wild animals are. Some are scary, others are cute, but each one is amazing in its own way. For this month’s contest, everybuggy wants to read your best poem about one of nature’s wild animals.

    Will you write about a lonely hunter or an animal that’s happiest in a herd? One that’s fast and powerful, or small and gentle? Furry, scaly, slimy, prickly? An animal that soars in the sky, swims the sea, or roams the plains of Africa? What remarkable feature of the animal will your poem capture? Its superb senses, its speed, its instinct to hunt or migrate great distances? Perhaps you will write about a tame domestic animal that exhibits a surprisingly wild behavior.

    Whatever you choose, everybuggy will be stalking the Cricket Country mailbox waiting for your best poem—24 lines or less, please—about a wild animal to come bounding out. Roar!

    1. Your contest entry must be your very own original work. Ideas and words should not be copied.
    2. Your entry must be signed by your parent or guardian, saying it is your own original work, that no help was given, and granting Cricket permission to publish prizewinning entries in the October 2015 issue or on our Web site. 
    3. Be sure to include your name, age, and full address on your entry.
    4. Only one entry per person, please.
    5. If you want your work returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each entry.
    6. Incomplete entries cannot be considered. Your entry will be incomplete if you forget to include your age or a signature verifying that your work is original and that Cricket may publish it.
    7. Your entry must be received by April 25, 2015.
    8. Send entries to:
      Cricket League
      P.O. Box 300
      Peru, IL 61354

    P.0. Box 300

    Peru, IL 61354