New Story Contest: Resolving Conflict

In “Forfeit,” Galilee helps resolve a longstanding conflict between Dwarves and Centaurs. And in “The Cat with No Meow,” Jessalyn and Esha resolve a misunderstanding over whose cat is whose. Even good friends don’t always get along—not only Cricket and you-know-who with the black spots, but even George and Tail, who are two ends of the same worm. For this month’s contest, everybuggy agrees that they want to read your best story about resolving, or settling, a conflict.

Maybe you will write about brothers or sisters who always disagree, like Max and Sera in “Sisters and Other Life Forms.” Or your conflict might involve a social issue you care about, like improving the treatment of animals or preventing pollution. Perhaps you’ll write about friends who have a silly misunderstanding, like scheduling their birthday parties on the same day, or who are competing for a spot on the soccer team or for the lead in a school play. You might set your story in another time in history, or create an imaginary world filled with fantastic creatures.

Whether you’re in conflict with your best friend, your little brother, or even your goldfish, everybuggy will be joining hands around the Cricket Country mailbox as they politely share your best story—of 350 words or less, please—about solving a conflict. Peace out!

  • 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 January 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 April 2021 issue and on the Cricket website.