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Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand

Last date to apply

March 29, 2017

About Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand

The Anthem Essay competition is one of the three essay writing competitions conducted by AYN Rand Education.The student has to write an essay on any of the three topics that are given below in the Application Process.

  • Ayn Rand was Russian-American Novelist, Philosopher and was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, February 2, 1905.
  • Worldwide essay contests for students is being conducted by on Ayn Rand’s fiction since last thirty years. This year 500 prizes totalling more than $90,000 will be awarded.
  • Winner of  Anthem Essay competition for the year 2014 was Anastasia Buchholz, Homestead High School, Fort Wayne, IN Click Here to read her Essay

Important Dates

Event Date
The last date to submit the essay March 29, 2017
Anthem Essay Writing Result August 3, 2017

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Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  Global
Class/ Age  Class 8, 9 and 10
Details
  •  Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. 
  • The work should be original and there should be no plagiarism.
  • Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible The fountainhead essay competition

  • Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.

  • The Essay writing Contest is also open to Home School Students.
  • Candidates can enter multiple contests.

Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand Reward

Position No. of Students Selected Prize
1st Place 1 Winner $ 2,000
2nd Place 5 Winners $ 500
3rd Place 10 Winners $ 200
Finalists 45 Winners $ 50
Semi Finalists 175 Winners $ 30

Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand Application form and Process

  • No application is required.
  • Students can participate in this competition by sending in their entries.
  • One entry per student.

Specifications for Anthem Essay

  • Students are supposed to pick one of these three topics and write a 600-1200 words essay on it.
  • The duly written Essay should be Double Spaced.
  • Spelling errors or written corrections found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.
  • All entries become the property of the Ayn Rand Institute and will not be returned.

Submission of Essay

Candidates can submit their duly written essay by either of the two modes discussed below by March 29, 2017, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.:

Mode 1: Online: Candidates can submit their essay online. The candidates can submit their essay online. In the case of online submission, the candidate will be sent an email confirming the receipt. In case, the candidate doesn't get the confirmation email within 24 hours he/she must email to essays@aynrand.org. 

Click here to Submit your essay for The Anthem Essay Contest 

Mode 2: Offline: Candidates can mail their duly written essay with stapled cover sheet to the following address. In this case, the candidate must paperclip a stamped self-addressed postcard to your essay. Ayn Rand Education will return this postcard to the candidate as essay receipt confirmation.

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

Anthem Essay Competition Topics


The candidate has to select one of the following three topics:

  1. 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? Explain the reasons for your answer. What do you think the world would be like if everyone was motivated in the same way?
  2. Politically, Anthem depicts a completely collectivist society. What ideas do the rulers appeal to in order to justify their collectivist society? What similarities, if any, do you see between these ideas and the ones that you hear around you today? In what way, if any, has your own thinking about such ideas been affected by reading and reflecting upon Anthem? Relate your answer to a speech, “The Soul of a Collectivist,” made by a villain in a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.
  3. 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 a speech, “The Soul of an Individualist,” made by the hero of a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.

How to save your Entry from getting Disqualified?

In order to avoid disqualification, mail in the essays along with the following information written on a stapled cover sheet with following details;

  • your name and address;
  • your e-mail address (if available);
  • the name and address of your school;
  • topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from list above);
  • your current grade level; and
  • (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.

How to keep a Check whether the Essay has been received or not?

No matter the candidate send his/her essay via email or via the web form a message will be dropped in the mail to notify that your essay has been received.

Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand Selection Process

  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email or by mail by August 3, 2017.
  • Essays will be judged on both style and content.
  • Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organised
  • Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem
  • All awards are cash prizes. Prize winners simply receive a check in the amount of their award.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand Address

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

Anthem Essay Competition 2017 by Ayn Rand Contact Details

EMAIL: mail@aynrand.org

PHONE: 949-222-6550

FAX: 949-222-6558

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