Story Contest: A Magical Talent

Everybuggy has talents--things they they work at and can do pretty well. Pudding has theatrical talent, and Marty is great on the skateboard. Ladybug, of course, has a million talents--just ask her--but she’s a very unusal case. After reading “Starchild Wondersmith,” Cricket wondered what it would be like to have a magical talent, like Star and the True Beings. For this month’s contest, he wants to see Cricket readers’ stories about someone who has a magical or unusual talent.

Will your story be about how the person learns about this talent? Or about how the special talent gets the character into and out of trouble? Will the talent be magical, like those of the True Beings, or something a Normal might have, such as being gifted in music or sports?

Whatever you decide, show off your talent for writing by sending us your best story --350 words or less, please--about a magical or unusual talent. All the talented buggies in Cricket Country will be performing around the mailbox with joy the day your story arrives.

    1. Your contest entry must be your very own original work. Ideas and words should not be copied.
    2. If you're 14 years old or younger, your entry must be signed by your parent or guardian, saying it is your own original work, that no help was given, and granting Cricket permission to publish prizewinning entries in the February 2010 issue or on our Web site. If you're older than 14, you must sign your own work, verifying that it is original.
    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. Incomplete entries cannot be considered. Your entry will be incomplete if you forget to include your age or a signature verifying that your work is original.
    7. Your entry must be received by 25 October 2009.
    8. Send entries to:

      Cricket League
      P.O. Box 300
      Peru, IL 61354