The Hotel at Auburn University and Ariccia Trattoria & Bar and The Opelika-Auburn News have teamed up to help make Mother’s Day a little brighter for one special mom. Children may submit an essay by e-mail of 300 words or less explaining why their mother is the “Best Mom in East Alabama.”The Grand prize winner will be chosen on the merit of his/her letter, and a random drawing will choose another mother to receive a second place award. The winning mother will receive an overnight stay in a suite at The Hotel at Auburn University on May 11, 2013. She will also receive a free Mother’s day brunch for her and her immediate family at Ariccia on May 12. The mother chosen for the second-place award will receive a complimentary Mother’s Day brunch at Ariccia for her and her immediate family on May 12, 2013. The contest is open to all East Alabama children 18 years and younger. The grand prize winner will be chosen by the staff at the Opelika-Auburn News. Deadline to enter is Tuesday May 7 at 5pm Email entries only. Please include a name and phone number for winner verification. Essays may be published in the Opelika-Auburn News.