Lonely Planet Kids is Holding a Writing Contest (Prize is Free Books!)

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Is your kid a junior explorer who loves to travel? Text them this cool opportunity to tell the world about a trip they’ve taken for an opportunity to win $100 in free books!

Travel website Lonely Planet Kids is kicking off the launch of its new blog with a short essay contest and a chance to snag a huge crate of books from the company’s extensive catalog.

The competition is open to children worldwide and the winning essay will be published on the Lonely Planet Kids blog for the whole world to see.

Judges plan to also award a copy of “How Cities Work” to a handful of runners-up and even post the entries on the blog.

Even though Lonely Planet’s blog post says they’re picking three runners-up, we confirmed that it’s actually two. But still! Two is better than none, right?

In fact, they “may choose to publish other notable entries,” as well, so your child’s shot at fame is basically unlimited — they just may not get the free book.

The Fine Print for This Writing Contest for Kids

The contest is open to kids under 16 years of age. The maximum entry length is 200 words,  making it super easy for children of any writing level or experience to enter.

The essay content criteria is pretty broad, as long as the focus is on a trip your child recently took. They can talk about where they went, what the weather was like, who else tagged along, or even what animals they saw. The sky’s pretty much the limit, so go wild!

A couple of housekeeping things to keep in mind if your wee traveler plans to enter the competition:

  • Parents must consent in writing to allow Lonely Planet to publish their child’s entry on its blog and social media channels.
  • Entries must be in digital format. In other words, essays must be typed by you or your child. Crayon and notebook paper won’t fly.
  • Each entry must include a scanned or digital copy of a photograph or drawing related to the essay.
  • Parents of the winners may be asked to provide proof of their child’s identity and age.

Winners will be chosen on Feb. 6, 2017.

“The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into, even if you think that sucks. Lady luck has nothing to do with this promotion,” according to the sassy legalese.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. BST (that’s 5:59 p.m. EST for us Americans) on Feb. 3, so go round up your youngster and get writing!

Your turn: What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled with your children? Are you planning to ask them to enter this contest? Let us know if they win!

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s been traveling since she was a tot but never won any free books from it. Yet.