November 04, 2011 Kerala Taylor

Enter our "Parents & Play" blog contest for a chance to win a $350 Amazon gift card!

Are you a mom or dad who blogs about parenting? Do you want to support a great cause? Are you looking to reach new audiences? Could you use a $350 Amazon gift card?

If you believe your kids need time and space to play outdoors, enter our “Parents & Play” blog contest for a chance to win one of 10 Amazon gift cards. Plus, we'll share your story with 80,000 monthly unique visitors on our Play Today blog, as well as our 40,000+ Facebook fans and Twitter followers!

We at KaBOOM! believe that there is a Play Deficit in our country, and it’s harming our children. Too many families don't have a playground within walking distance of their home. Paranoia is trumping common sense, resulting in sterile, uninspired play environments and fewer opportunities for kids to play. Recess is being eliminated from our nation’s schools. Kids are overscheduled, and in their free time, many choose to stay indoors, lulled by television, computers and video games.

To enter our "Parents & Play" contest, answer the following question in 300-500 words:

As a parent, how have you personally witnessed the growing Play Deficit in your child’s life?

Tell us a specific story from your own experience that touches on one of the following themes:

  • School recess
  • Play opportunities in your neighborhood
  • Helicopter parents
  • Structured after-school activities
  • Indoor screen time

To get a better sense of what we're looking for, read this great sample post by Play Today guest blogger and bestselling author Leslie Morgan Steiner.

To submit: Email your submission to KaBOOM! Online Content Manager Kerala Taylor at ktaylor@kaboom.org. Use the subject line, "Parents & Play Blog Contest." Include your 300-500 word post as a Word attachment and pasted into the body of the email. Also include a 100-word bio with a link to your blog. Attach 1-3 photos relevant to your story, at least 600 x 400 px. One submission per entrant, please.

Prizes: Entries will be judged by an expert internal KaBOOM! panel on the relevance of the story and quality of writing. Great photos are a plus! All winners and runners-up will see their posts published on Play Today and shared with our Facebook fans and Twitter followers. They will also receive:

  • First place: $350 Amazon gift card
  • Second place: $200 Amazon gift card
  • Third place: $100 gift card
  • Runners-up: 7 runners-up will receive $50 gift cards

Deadline: Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Click here for complete rules.

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