Essay Contest

We’re looking for the AP child’s POV! Share with us your favorite family traditions, activities, memories and moments and give us a window into what it’s like to experience AP growing up.

E-mail entries to Attachment Parenting International (API) at Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. Central Time on October 19.

Guidelines: Essays should be 100-300 words in length. Only one entry per person. The theme is “Attached at the Heart Through the Years.” Preference will be given to firsthand experiences of children who have experienced AP in their families. There is no fee to participate.  Include your name, age, mailing address, parent’s e-mail address, and phone number at the top of the first page of the entry. Essays should be placed directly into the body of the e-mail message.

Eligible Participants: Verbal children of all ages are encouraged to enter and parents may take dictation for those too young to write.  Essays may be entered by API members (including API Leaders and members of the API Professional Associates and API Professional Colleague programs), as well as non-members. Members of API’s Volunteer Staff cannot participate in this contest, although API Leaders who do not serve in another API staff position are welcome to participate.

Prizes: The top essays entered (up to 10) will be selected by a committee and then presented for public voting on the AP Month Central website. The favorite essays, determined by a poll, will be eligible for prizes to be determined (but FUN!).

In addition, the favorite essays will be printed in a special feature in an upcoming 2010 issue of The Journal of API. Recognition to the writers of the favorite essays will also be given via the API website and through other API publications.

Contest Deadline: To participate in this fun contest, send your essay by 5 p.m. EST on October 19, to For more information, including where to send an entry via postal mail, e-mail

Note: By participating in the Essay Contest, you are agreeing to the following: The essay submitted by you is your personal, original work, and you hereby give API permission to freely use any or all of the essay on its website, in its publications, or in any of its materials with any resulting proceeds to fully benefit API as an organization.