2018 Essay Contest Rules for Submission

The O'Brien House essay contest is open to high school students who are 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 August 1st, 2018.

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 the his or her high school and grade, 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 August 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.

2018 Cash prizes/scholarships are yet to be determined and will be announced on this website and via Instagram @obhessays and Facebook @O'Brien House Essay Contest.