New Poetry Contest: Pet Friendly

Everybuggy loves pets—even a pet rock like “Iggy Flint.” Edith loves “Good Samson,” her big, loyal dog with a goofy look. And Ladybug really loves her pet kitty, Pussywillow, who just couldn’t be cuter. For this month’s contest, everybuggy wants to read your best poem about what makes a pet you love so adorable.


Maybe you will write about something cute or funny your pet does—like a dog that greets you with its food bowl when you come home from school, or a baby kitten that gets hopelessly tangled in a ball of string, or a hamster that naps on your desk while you do your homework. Perhaps you have a more unusual pet, like the rescued hunting falcon in “Mariam Finds Her Wings,” or a working animal companion, like a horse that twitches its ears in its own funny way when you come to its stable. Your poem might even be about a pet you would like to have one day, or one that you imagine adopting from an animal shelter, or even a weird imaginary pet.

Whether your nonhuman companion is a dog, a cat, an iguana, or a magical pussy willow come to life, everybuggy will love reading your best poem—of 24 lines or less, please—about what makes your pet so lovable.

  • 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 March 25, 2020.

    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 July/August 2020 issue and on the Cricket website.