New Contest

  • Magic Spell Poetry Contest

    This is a magical Cricket. In “Clarity,” Liam must decide which magic spell to pick from a wizard’s book. And in “Pond Water,” a princess turns into a frog when she sniffs a magic potion from her Aunt Matilda. All the bugs have been talking about the magic spells they would like to cast. Zoot imagines playing his cello with an enchanted bow. Marty favors a pizza-topping spell. And Sluggo wants to cast a home run spell on his baseball bat. So for this month’s contest, everybuggy will be enchanted to read your best poem about a magic spell.

    What magical spell will you choose for your poem? A Homework spell that does your homework for you? A Flight spell that enables you to soar with the birds? A Friendship spell that helps you make new friends? What magical words will you use in your enchantment? Maybe you will write about a spell that helps people in need or protects endangered animals like a pangolin. Or perhaps you will write about a spell that goes wrong in a funny way. You might write about somebuggy who can magically cast spells, like a wizard in his dark tower, or a strange new kid at school, or even your pet goldfish. Or you could write about somebuggy under a spell.

    Whatever spell you choose from the wizard’s book, everybuggy in Cricket Country will be held spellbound by your best poem—of 24 lines or less—about a magic spell. Shazaam!

    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, stating that it is your own work, that no help was given, and that Cricket has permission to publish it in the magazine and on our website. 

    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. Your entry must be received by February 25, 2018.

    7. Send entries to Cricket League, P.O. Box 300, Peru, IL 61354. (No faxes or email submissions, please!)

    8. We will publish winning entries in the May/June 2019 issue and on the Cricket website.

    P.0. Box 300

    Peru, IL 61354