Drug Free Poster Contest

Prizes  ·  Instruction Packets  ·  Rules  ·  Drug-Free Contest Community Flyer  ·  2024 Calendar Order Form

After much deliberation, our wonderful judges selected the winners for each category.
We are proud to present our 2024 Drug-Free Poster Contest Winners!

Click here to view the 2024 SAHMA Winners

Over 30 years ago, the “Drug-Free Art/Calendar” contest was designed to involve children, from kindergarten through high school, in an effort to educate the nation’s youth on the dangers of substance abuse. With the support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Rural Housing Services, the scope of the competition has increased dramatically and now includes Elderly, Disabled, and Special Needs, residents. The art/calendar contest is an activity that not only helps to ensure the health and well-being of our residents but also goes a long way toward maintaining a positive public perception of your property and community. The project is sponsored by AHMAs throughout the country and NAHMA.

Entries are judged on the artist’s ability to create a submission with the contest theme. While the general purpose of the program is to promote being drug-free, the theme for artists to portray on their posters changes each year. This year, the theme is: The Power is Mine - Taking Responsibility for Our Choices. Judges consider INTERPRETATION of the theme The Power is Mine - Taking Responsibility for Our Choices; ORIGINALITY of submission; QUALITY: Is the artwork submission appealing to the eye; OVERALL ARTISTIC ABILITY: Does the artwork submission show some degree of creativity and skill for its age group; REPRODUCTION: Can artwork be reproduced with reasonable quality and clarity.

The 2025 Drug-Free Poster Contest rules can be found below:

Winners will be selected from across the southeast with a First, Second, and Third Place ranking per category. Categories include:
•Kindergarten - 1st Grade
• 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
• 4th Grade - 6th Grade
• 7th Grade - 9th Grade
• 10th Grade - 12th Grade
• Elderly / Disabled / Special Needs


$400 prize with winner plaque

$200 prize with winner plaque

$100 prize with winner plaque


The winning properties will receive a $100 prize to host a celebration for the community to honor their winner.

Winning posters are sent to NAHMA to be included in the National Contest. National winners will be featured in the 2025 NAHMA Calendar and will receive separate prizes as designated by NAHMA.


1. All Contestants submitting artwork must be a resident of a community that is currently a member of SAHMA.

2. While we encourage community activities to brainstorm the theme and contest rules, entries must be created by the individual without assistance. All submissions must be original.

3. The five grade categories for children are based on the grade level the contestants will have completed by June 2024:
· Kindergarten - 1st Grade
· 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
· 4th Grade - 6th Grade
· 7th Grade - 9th Grade
· 10th Grade - 12th Grade

4. Elderly participants are residents 55 and over who live in a SAHMA community. Disabled participants are residents of any age who live in a SAHMA community. Special Needs participants are residents of any age living in permanent supportive housing or an 8x11 community. Participants under 18, will be considered with their peers in the grade-level categories.

5. Artwork must be submitted on a 22 in. x 28 in. poster board or heavy art paper (portrait or landscape layouts accepted). 

6. Any medium may be used (paint, crayons, colored pencils, collage, etc.) but must be protected against damage.

7. Use this year’s theme as the focal point of the poster to convey a positive message.

8. Including the words “AHMA Drug-Free Kid” or any other drug-free message is NOT MANDATORY.

9. Use of cartoon characters, product brands, logos, individual names, or property names is not permitted. Do not include the child’s, property’s, company’s, or SAHMA’s name on the front of the poster

10. A Participant Information Form and NAHMA RELEASE FORM must be completed, legible, and attached with tape to the back, upper right-hand side, of each submission. Incomplete forms will make submissions ineligible. Elderly/Disabled & Special Needs forms do not require age, birthday, school, or parent information.

11. All posters submitted to the SAHMA Office become the property of SAHMA and NAHMA, who have the right to use the art for publicity, publications, and advertisements. POSTERS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

12. All entries MUST be received by the SAHMA Office no later than FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2025.

13. Prize and Plaque will be mailed directly to each winner. 

14. Email artprogram@sahma.org or call the SAHMA office at (800) 745-4088 with any questions or concerns.

Friday, April 4, 2025

Submission Instructions: 
Please click here to download contest instructions

Haga clic aquí para español

Advertise the Drug-Free Kids Art Contest in your Community by downloading the file below:
Drug-Free Art Contest Community Flyer

2024 Calendars are Now Available

Click Here to Order


Member Programs

Multi-Family Insurance Program

Facilities Maintenance Buying Program

2024 NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendar
Order Yours Today!