New Poetry Contest: Take a Bow

Pudding loved reading about all the great performers in this issue of Cricket—from Farley the dog, to ballet great Jacques D’Amboise, to the humble street musician in “Farewell.” For this month’s contest, she’s staging dramatic readings in Cricket Country of your best poem about a performer.

Will your poem praise a performance by an actor or musician you admire? Or will you write about your own performance in a piano recital, or dancing onstage in a ballet, or trying out for the lead in a school play? Perhaps you will write about somebuggy who is haunted by a theater superstition (“Break a leg!”), or who loves working behind the scenes on stage crew or as a director. You might write about a performance that is not onstage at all—like your baby sister singing in her bath, or your family dog doing a duet with Dad, or an athlete performing before an Olympic crowd, or a songbird in your backyard.

Whether you write about a magic act at the circus, a puppet show, or just dancing in the streets with your friends after school, everybuggy in Cricket Country will be on their feet shouting “Encore!” when they read your best poem—of 24 lines of less, please—about a performer. Bravo!

  • 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 May 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 October 2019 issue and on the Cricket website.