2018 Essay Contest Rules for Submission

This year, there are two O'Brien House Essay Contests: one for high school students and one for adults currently participating in addiction recovery in the state of Louisiana. All high school students must be currently enrolled in high school for the year 2018/2019 in the state of Louisiana in grades 9-12 (this includes students who are homeschooled). Only one (1) submission per student is allowed. The deadline for submissions is September 8th, 2018. Any person currently participating in an addiction recovery program can submit an essay. Submissions for those adults in recovery are limited to one essay per adult.

Applicants must submit a typed essay (1,000–1,500 words) answering the following questions:

-How has addiction or alcoholism touched you personally? If you, a family member, or friend has experienced recovery, how was it initiated and how has it impacted your life?

-What are the effects of addiction and alcoholism on your family, your school, and your local community?

-Do you have any specific ideas about how the national effects of addiction might be remedied?

-What do you think is the greatest misperception about addiction that exists today in American society and why?

The essay must state the word count and must include the writer's full name (both first and last name), along with either his or her:

a) high school and grade or b) name and address of recovery center

plus the entrant's email address, phone number, and permanent address.

The winning applicants will be determined based on the essay content, style and originality. Judges are looking for logically organized and creative essays.

Essays must be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word Document

  • Adobe PDF

Essays must be emailed to the following email address:


Deadline for submission is September 1st, 2018. 

Winners will be notified individually by email prior to the annual breakfast and recognized in person at the annual breakfast. At least the first place winner will be asked to read his/her winning essay at the annual breakfast on September 21st, 2018.

2018 High School Contest Prizes:

1st Place = New PC or Macbook Pro for Essay Writer + $1000 to school 

2nd Place = $500 to Essay Writer + $500 to school

3rd Place = $250 to Essay Writer + $250 to school

2018 Recovery Contest Prizes:

1st Place = New PC or Macbook Pro for Essay Writer + $250 cash

2nd Place = $500 cash

3rd Place = $250 cash