New Poetry Contest: Holiday Magic

This Cricket is filled with magic, and especially the magic of the holiday season. Thoko reveres her family’s traditions as they celebrate Christmas together in Zambia. Akeisha enjoys a peaceful, magical moment one clear night when she views the stars on the roof of her skyspear and finds a constellation foretelling her future glowing in her palm. And, like magic, the fighting stopped for one Christmas Day during World War I as enemy soldiers declared a peaceful truce. For this Cricket contest, everybuggy wants to read your best poem capturing the magic of the holiday season.


You might write about how the holidays bring your family together to celebrate well-loved traditions, whether at Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Divali. Or you might be inspired to write about a moment when you feel a special peace on earth, such as on a beautiful snowy morning or watching a star-studded sky on a clear winter night. Perhaps you will write about performing in a holiday recital, or imagine glimpsing a legendary creature or magical holiday scene that fills you with joy.

However you celebrate the season, everybuggy will be decorating the Cricket Country mailbox and calling a holiday truce with Ugly Bird as they await the magical moment of reading your best poem—of 24 lines or less, please—about the winter holiday season. Ho! Ho! Ho!

  • 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 November 25, 2019.

    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 March 2020 issue and on the Cricket website.