New Poetry Contest: See the Sea

The ocean. What a vast, beautiful, mysterious, and sometimes dangerous place. This Cricket takes you on many adventures over and under the sea. So, prepare to get your feet wet! For this month’s contest, everybuggy would love to read you best poem about the sea.

Will you write about drifting peacefully on your rubber raft during summer vacation? Or walking barefoot along an ocean shore, gathering shells and playing tag with the waves? Perhaps you will write about people who make their living from the sea, like “The Pearl Divers of Toba Cove.” Or about someone bravely navigating a stormy sea in the age of sail, like Ellen aboard the Flying Cloud, or crossing the ocean to emigrate to a new land, like Christy in “Message in a Bottle.” You might write about being shipwrecked, or a daring rescue at sea like in “The Silent One.” Or about creatures, real or from mythology, who live in the sea. You might even imagine an underwater city like the home of the Dragon Princess, or having the ability to breathe underwater.

Whether you write about penguins frolicking in icy waters, traveling to the bottom of the sea on a scientific expedition, or encountering a polka-dotted sea serpent, everybuggy in Cricket Country will be gathering at the mailbox in their swim fins and goggles, waiting to dive into your best poem—of 24 lines or fewer, please—about the sea.

  • 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, 2023.

    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 2023 issue and on the Cricket website.