Wild Strawberries

Having an engaging, creative subject can make writing a lot of fun for students. In Shel Silverstein’s poem, "Wild Strawberries," the author imagines wild strawberries as living creatures that might even be kept as pets!

Using this poem as inspiration, PEG Writing is excited to announce our first writing contest for Texas students! Students in grades 3-8 will use PEG Writing to read a prompt, view stimulus material, write creative stories, and win prizes.

Participation in this contest is easy and requires only a few steps:

  1. Register to participate
  2. Create a custom prompt for your students (see text below!) and assign it to your class
  3. Encourage your entire class to submit multiple essay drafts
  4. Watch their writing skills improve!

Two Ways to Win

Two winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Winning Class
One class will be selected as a group winner based on the following criteria: 100% class participation and at least 3-5 drafts submitted per student.

Individual Winner
One individual will be selected from all entries, and will be named "Most Creative" based on the creativity, humor, and cleverness of their essay.

The winners from each category will get a pizza party for their class!

The Writing Prompt

Create a custom prompt for your students by copying and pasting one of these prompts into PEG Writing.

Read the poem "Wild Strawberries" by Shel Silverstein. The speaker thinks of the strawberries as live creatures that could be pets. Congratulations! You now own of one of these wild, fruity pets! Write a story about the adventures you and your wild strawberry will have.

In Shel Silverstein's poem, "Wild Strawberries," the speaker imagines wild strawberries as living creatures that might even be kept as pets. Congratulations! You are now the owner of one of these wild, fruity pets. Write a creative story about the adventures of you and your wild strawberry pet.

Wild Strawberries, by Shel Silverstein

Are Wild Strawberries really wild?
Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child?
Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home?
Can they be trained to not growl at the guests?
Will a litterbox work or would they leave a mess?
Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly,
Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
Like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry,
Anyhow, you've been warned and I will not be blamed
If your Wild Strawberry cannot be tamed.

Important Dates

Contest Start Date

May 16, 2016

Contest End Date

May 26, 2016

Winner(s) Notified

May 27, 2016


Week of May 30 - June 2, 2016

How Wild Is Your Strawberry Contest is now closed. You can view our winners here!