And a great idea (that part is pretty key, actually). Oh, and you have to live in the United States (blog readers from elsewhere in the world, like here in Canada, for example — you’re out of luck on this one. Sorry.)
The U.S. National Young Game Inventors Contest has put out a call for, well, game inventors between the ages of 5 and 12 to submit entries. They are looking for board games, fully constructed in prototype by kids, and including all relevant pieces (i.e. markers, dice, and so on — you can’t just send them rules to something you’ve thought up).
The winner will receive a US$10,000 Savings Bond, a trip to San Francisco, and the possibility of seeing his or her brainchild be produced by University Games as part of their 2014 games line-up. Runners-up will receive a games library from University Games. The five finalists will also receive a US$200 gift card from Toys R Us.
Here’s the link to the official contest page, where you can find all the rules and FAQs. Remember, though, the contest is open only to U.S. residents.
And don’t wait around — the contest closes October 1, 2013.