Fountainhead Essay Contest - 2014

Fountainhead Essay Contest 2017 by Ayn Rand

Last date to apply

April 26, 2017

About Fountainhead Essay Contest Ayn Rand

    • The fountainhead essay competition is one of the three 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.
    • Winner of  fountainhead essay competition for the year 2014 was Tamara Balderas, St. Joseph Academy, Brownsville, TX. Click Here to read her Essay

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Fountainhead Essay Contest Ayn Rand Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  Global
Class/ Age  Class 11 and 12
  • 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.

Fountainhead Essay Contest Ayn Rand Reward

Position No. of Students Selected Prize
1st Place 1 Winner $10,000
2nd Place 5 Winners $2,000
3rd Place 10 Winners $1,000
Finalists 45 Winners $100
Semi Finalists 175 Winners $50

Fountainhead Essay Contest 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.

Submission of Essay

The candidates can submit their duly written essay by either of the two modes discussed below by April 26, 2017, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.:

Mode 1: Online: 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 

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 the candidate as essay receipt confirmation.

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

Ayn Rand's Fountainhead Essay Competition Topics

The participating candidates have to select one of the following three topics:

  1. Howard Roark was Ayn Rand’s first complete presentation of a moral ideal. Judging from The Fountainhead, what is it about Roark’s character and his approach to life that Rand regards as ideal for a human being? Why does she think this? Which, if any, aspects of Roark’s character or approach to life do you think are worthy of emulating morally? Which, if any, should not be emulated? Explain.

  2. Ayn Rand is often criticised for creating “unrealistic” heroes. Why might someone regard Howard Roark as “unrealistic”? What do you think of this criticism? Is Roark an “unrealistic” character, a “realistic” one, or neither? Why? In explaining your answer, consider what Rand has to say in her essay “The Goal of My Writing.”
  3. In his courtroom speech, Howard Roark explains the nature, motivation and importance of those who create values (such as new artworks, technological inventions and innovations, and advances in theoretical knowledge). Why does he think that value-creation and what it requires of the creators is crucially important from a moral perspective? In your answer, consider what a character from another Ayn Rand novel, Atlas Shrugged, has to say about the process of value-creation, in the speech “The Nature of an Artist.”

Specifications for Fountainhead Essay

  • Students are supposed to pick one of these three topics and write a 800-1600 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.

All entries, in order to avoid disqualification, should mail in the essays along with the following information written on a stapled cover sheet

  • 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.

Fountainhead Essay Contest Ayn Rand Selection Process

  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email or by mail tentatively 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.
  • The Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of The Fountainhead.
  • Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. 
  • The first-place essay can be posted in its entirety on any of the websites with full credit given to the author.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Fountainhead Essay Contest Ayn Rand Address

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

Fountainhead Essay Contest Ayn Rand Contact Details


949-222-6550 ext. 259


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