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The Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest 2017

The Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest 2017

Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000.

Topic

Select one of the following three topics:

  • Equality knows that his invention will benefit mankind greatly. However, this was not his primary motivation in conducting his experiments, and it is not the primary source of the joy and the pride he experiences in his work. What is his primary motivation? Do you think that Equality is right to be motivated in this way? What do you think the world would be like if everyone were motivated in the same way?
  • Politically, Anthem depicts a completely collectivist society. What ideas do the rulers appeal to in order to justify their collectivist society? Do you see any similarities between these ideas and the ones that you hear around you today? In what way has your own thinking about such ideas changed as a result of reading and reflecting upon Anthem? Relate your answer to the speech, “The Soul of a Collectivist,” made by a villain in a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.
  • To Prometheus the word “ego” is holy, but today one is usually told that it is wrong to be an egoist. Is Prometheus an egoist? What does this mean? Is it something good or bad? Explain your answer by reference to specific events in Anthem, and to the speech, “The Soul of an Individualist,” made by the hero of a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.

Organizer

The Ayn Rand Institute

Prizes

First Place: $2,000 (1 Winner)

Second Place: $500 (5 Winners)

Third Place: $200 (10 Winners)

Finalists: $50 (45 Winners)

Semi-Finalists: $30 (175 Winners)

Deadline

29 March, 2017

Guidelines

  • No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only.
  • Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.
  • To avoid disqualification, mailed-in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
  1.  your name and address;
  2.  your email address (if available);
  3. the name and address of your school;
  4. topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the “Topics” tab);
  5. your current grade level; and
  6. (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  • Essay must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.
  • One entry per student.
  • Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by March 29, 2017, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.
  • The Ayn Rand Institute has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Ayn Rand Institute for any claim, demand, judgment or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Ayn Rand Institute and will not be returned.
  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by August 3, 2017.
  • Winners are responsible for providing their mailing addresses and other necessary information under the law in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Ayn Rand Institute to post their names on any of ARI’s affiliated websites. The first-place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.
  • Please enter the contest online here or mail your essay with stapled cover sheet to:

Anthem Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044

  • Please do not submit duplicate essays!
  • Entrants are responsible for keeping copies of their essays, as duplicate copies will not be provided. If submitting your essay electronically, you will be sent an email confirming our receipt. If you have not received an email notification within 24 hours, please emailessays@aynrand.org. If you are submitting by mail, please paperclip a stamped, self-addressed postcard to your essay and we will return it to you with essay receipt confirmation.

Inquiries

Email essays@AynRand.org for further information.

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