First Step Center Presents “SURRENDER” an Artist in Recovery Contest

Do you remember a time you surrendered? What was it like? In What ways were you transformed? Be it a poem, photograph, sculpture, essay, or collage, show us the cracks of light spilling into the darkness. Show us the moment when you found letting go was the key to redemption.

First Step Center invites you to participate in our very first Artists in Recovery Contest. This contest is free to submit and is open to both writers and visual artists who have been personally affected by addiction and/or other mental illnesses.

Winners will have their pieces featured on our website and will also be invited as a special guest interviewee for our YouTube channel to showcase work and speak about how art has aided in the recovery journey.

Please send all submissions to [email protected] by midnight October 31, 2019.


Writing: We’ll consider any style or genre of writing up to 750 words
Visual Art: Please send high-resolution photographs of artwork taken against a plain white or black background in natural lighting
Max: 3 entries per person