Video and Essay Contest Rules

The Natural High Annual Video & Essay Contest is On!

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Natural High Video & Essay Contest is now open for submissions!

Every year, Natural High provides a platform for youth everywhere to tell their brilliant and moving stories about what inspires and motivates them to choose a natural high over alcohol and drugs.

In 2017, we received over 600 entries from across the United States. The stories told in these videos and essays inspire us, move us, and remind us of why we dedicate ourselves every day to the cause of helping young people find their natural high. Our team is already looking forward to this year’s fantastic entries!

The Natural High Video and Essay Contest runs from April 3rd, 2018 to May 14, 2018. All entries must be received through by no later than 11:59 pm PST on May 14, 2018. Winners will be announced on May 29th.

Who's Eligible?

5th through 12th grade students are eligible to enter and may submit either a video or an essay. All applicants must have their parent or legal guardian review our Direct Notice regarding privacy and then sign the Consent Form which is at the bottom of the Direct Notice. This form must be signed and uploaded with the remainder of your application at the time of submission.

How To Enter:

Submit an original video or essay to Natural High using the criteria provided below and the submission form found here.

For all video and essay submissions, please respond to 3 out of the 4 questions listed here.

1.) What is your Natural High? How does it make your life better? [For video contest participants, include footage of you participating in your Natural High.]

2.) Pass on the High! Pick a friend or family member, tell us their name and their relationship to you. How would you encourage them to find their Natural High?

3.) Who is someone you look up to in your life? Tell us about this mentor and how they’ve impacted you and your Natural High.

4.) Which of the Natural High storytellers impacted you most and why? What changed about your views on drugs after watching the Natural High Storytellers?

For video submissions, please include this additional statement at the end of your video.

‘My name is ____, I’m ___ years old from City, State, and my Natural High is _____.’

Video Submission Details:

Length: No longer than 2 minutes
All videos should be hosted using YouTube. Please upload your video as “Unlisted” and paste the link in the submission form.

For essay submissions, please use these guidelines.

Length: 500 – 800 words
Accepted file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT

Judging criteria for both videos and essays:

25% Creativity
25% Quality
50% Fit with Natural High

The Natural High staff will select 5 essay finalists and 5 video finalists. These entries will be posted on the Natural High website for open voting. From this pool two grand prize winners — one for the essay category and one for the video category — will be selected by the Natural High staff, youth leaders, and Natural High board members.


Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 entrants in the video category and the top 5 entrants in the essay category. Four winners in each category will receive a $250 grant to be used in pursuit of their natural high. Two grand prize winners will be selected for a grand prize of $500 to be used in pursuit of their natural high – one for the best video entry and one for the best essay entry. All winners will also receive the following:

  • The opportunity to have your video or essay shared on Natural High website and social media
  • A Natural High “Do What You Love” T-shirt
  • A Natural High swag bag

Submit your Video or Essay!

Previous Contest Winners

Jaiden Gallery

2017 Winner

van nhi huynh wearing a natural high shirt

Van Nhi Huynh

2016 Winner

sanah jivani smiling

Sanah Jivani

2015 Winner