Vertava Health Massachusetts Presents The Mother’s Day 2017 Essay Contest

This year for Mother’s Day, in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Vertava Health Massachusetts and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest with a $200 prize for the winning essay!

In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life.

In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero.

  • What has she done to lift you up and keep you on the right track?
  • How has she influenced or inspired you?
  • How has she helped you stay on the path towards healing?

View Winning Essays Here

Contest Rules

By submitting your work you agree to all contest rules;

Submission must be original and not already published elsewhere;

Entrant grants to Sponsor and its affiliates a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, and republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrants submitted essay, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, statements, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant;

By submitting your work, you agree to allow Shame Kills to use portions of your essay in other content created by Shame Kills, and we agree to link to you/your website as the source of any content used;

Mother doesn’t have to be biological mother, it can be anyone who has acted as a mother figure as long as essay stays on topic.

Accepted Formats

MS Word, Adobe PDF, Open Office, or Google Document


May 01, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

Word Count

Word count is no more than 250 words

(The following words don’t count towards the 250 limit: a, an, the)


Entries should be in English and should be an original work.

Plagiarism of any sort will result in disqualification

Your Mother, Your Hero

Take this opportunity as a chance to appreciate your mother and express what she means to you. You can write about how your mother helped you in your recovery, or about her own recovery. Contact us with any questions about the contest or want to know more about Vertava Health Massachusetts.

Shame Kills is dedicated to eradicating the stigma associated with substance abuse disorder.

View Winning Essays Here

If your entry wins any cash prize, you agree to give Vertava Health Massachusetts a nonexclusive, royalty-free license to publish your work on the Vertava Health Massachusetts website and in other publicity materials. We may also ask other non-winning entrants for permission to reprint their work, or an excerpt from it, in publicity materials created by Vertava Health Massachusetts. You may accept or decline this invitation as you choose. Your entry and biographical data will not be published without your consent, and you retain all other rights. You are free, for example, to publish your work in print or online elsewhere, and to enter it into other contests, whether or not you win a prize in this contest.