21 September 2020, no later than 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.
Ayn Rand Institute essay contest (Atlas Shrugged)
ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years and This year we will award over 230 prizes. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.
Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Students can select to write an essay relating to topics from three of Ayn Rand’s novels: Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. For each novel, there are multiple topics that can be addressed in the essay. Students can select any of these topics. See the competition website for details on the topics.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
ALL WORLD COUNTRIES.
- Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail typically by January 2021.
- Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 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 per contest.
- Essays must be written in English only.
- The contest guidelines ask that you select ONE of three topics (Essays not written on one of the three topics will be disqualified).
- Entrant must be a 12th grader, college undergraduate or graduate student. ARI reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule, on a case-by-case basis, for international students or for students with nonstandard school years.
- Mailed-in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
- Your name and address.
- Your email address (if available).
- The name and address of your school.
- Topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the “Topics” tab).
- Your current grade level.
- (Optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay if you are completing it for classroom credit.
- 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.
- 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.
- Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.
- 1ST PLACE: $25,000 (1 Winner).
- 2ND PLACE: $2,500 (3 Winners).
- 3RD PLACE: $500 (5 Winners).
- FINALISTS: $100 (50 Winners).
First Step: Click the “Submit your essay online”.
Second Step: You’ll be taken to our Education Programs online portal. Once there, either create an account or login using your existing user name and password.
Third Step: Once you’ve accessed the portal, complete the eligibility quiz, identifying yourself as a Non-Educator.
Fourth Step: Next, click on the “View Programs” button.
Fifth Step: Create a submission for the The Fountainhead essay contest.
Sixth Step: Complete the application form.
Note: 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 email [email protected].
Or mail your essay with stapled cover sheet to:
The Fountainhead Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
- 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.
- Please do not submit duplicate essays!
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This Scholarship Published by:
“Rahma Sabry/ Egypt“
Reviewed by” Lamis Ahmed/ Egypt ”
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