New Story Contest: Scientific Expedition or Discovery

Tater loved reading how artist Else Bostelmann joined William Beebe’s scientific expedition to explore the mysteries of the deep sea using his newly invented bathysphere, and how Marconi’s invention of the wireless telegraph saved the passengers of the sinking ship Republic. For this month’s contest Tater would love to read your best story about a scientific expedition or discovery.


Where will your scientific expedition take you? To the bottom of the ocean? Antarctica? The moon? Perhaps your story will focus on studying the behavior of a rare animal in Africa. Or maybe your will capture the moment of a great discovery in a chemist’s laboratory or an inventor’s workshop. Will you write about a real person or discovery in history? Or will your story be the invention of your imagination—perhaps taking place on another planet in the far future?

Whether your story takes you into the crater of a smoldering volcano, to a bird’s nest in your backyard, or to snapping a photograph of Bigfoot, everybuggy will be gathered around the Cricket Country mailbox with their notepads and butterfly nets, waiting to capture a perfect specimen of your best writing—of 350 words or less, please—about a scientific expedition or discovery.

  • 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 September 25, 2019.

    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 January 2020 issue and on the Cricket website.