New Poetry Contest: Silly Poem

Flying Pigs? Mice in pajamas? There are some silly goings-on in this Cricket that had all the bugs laughing and acting silly themselves. For this month’s contest, everybuggy would love to read your best poem about something silly.

Perhaps you’ll write about an especially silly day at school with your friends or a silly trick your pet does. You might write about an animal that begins to talk, or something that comes unexpectedly to life—like a scarecrow or a tin man or an apple tree. Maybe your pencil will begin correcting your answers on a math test. Or, like Alice in Wonderland, you’ll find yourself growing and shrinking, or playing a ridiculous sport, like croquet with flamingoes. Maybe you’ll wake up to find a shipload of silly pirates on your front lawn, or your dog making breakfast in the kitchen, or raccoons playing dress-up in your attic, or wings on your bicycle.

Whether you write about Silly Town, or Goofy School, or a family of aliens that moves in next door, everybuggy will be making silly faces around the Cricket Country mailbox while they wait to enjoy your best poem—of 24 lines or less, please—about something silly.

  • 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, 2021.

    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 2021 issue and on the Cricket website.