Story Contest: Work of Art

You could fill a museum with the art and artists featured in Cricket stories this month. Maartje’s father creates a beautiful sculpture of her mother in “The Girl in the Windmill.” Princess Yu-lan falls in love with the commoner Pei when he sketches her portrait in “Three Impossible Tasks.” And Prince Bernard hooks his own reflection in his comical attempt to escape the royal portrait painter in “Be Careful What You Fish For.” For this month’s contest, everybuggy would like to read your best story about a work of art or an artist.


Perhaps you will write about a famous sculptor or painter you admire from history. Or you might instead tell a story about an unknown artist trying to sell his or her first painting. Maybe you will write about a school art project or art class, or creating decorations for an important holiday or the set for a school play. Perhaps you will write about a community art fair, or visiting an art museum, or even about an art forgery. Or your story might show art bringing friends together.

Whether you write about Leonardo da Vinci or helping your baby brother with his finger painting, everybuggy will be donning their smocks and berets and setting up their easels around the Cricket Country mailbox as you create your best story—of 350 words or less, please—about art or an artist. We know it will be a real work of art!

  • 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, 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 April 2020 issue and on the Cricket website.