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Last date to apply

29 April 2021

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About Anthem Essay Competition

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, on February 2, 1905.

  • Worldwide essay contests for students is being conducted by Ayn Rand’s fiction for the last thirty years. This year 750 prizes totalling more than $1,30,000 will be awarded.
  • The other two essay contests are

Anthem Essay competition 2021 Dates

Event Date
The last date to submit the essay 1 May 2021
Anthem Essay Writing Result 29 August 2021


Ayn Rand Essay Contest Prizes

Position No. of Students Selected Prize
1st Place 1 Winner $2,000
2nd Place 3 Winners $250
3rd Place 5 Winners $100

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Anthem Essay Competition Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  Global
Class/ Age  Class 8, 9 and 10
  • The 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 for The Anthem essay competition.

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

  • The Essay Writing Contest is also open to Home School Students.

Anthem Essay Competition 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 in 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 online mode discussed below by 29 April 2021, 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 

Anthem Essay Competition Topics

The candidate has to select one of the following three topics

  • In the society of Anthem, individuals are persecuted for their pursuit of knowledge. Why do you think this is? What lessons can be drawn from Anthem about how we should think about the pursuit of knowledge in our world today, especially in the face of social opposition?
  • In what ways do you think people should be more like Equality 7-2521? In your answer, give examples of Equality’s actions, character, or attitude that you think are good or admirable. Using experiences from your own life, explain why you think these actions or traits are good and worth emulating.
  • The people in the society of Anthem are taught to live by certain principles concerning what is good and evil, right and wrong. Do you think those who adhere to these principles are happy or unhappy? What lessons do you draw from this about how we should think about morality today?

How to keep a Check whether the Essay has been received or not?
All those candidates who submit their essay online by the due date will receive an acknowledgement in their email. 

Anthem Essay Competition Selection Process

  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email or by mail
  • 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.
  • The winner of the Anthem Essay competition for the year 2017 was Elisabeth Schlossel, New York, NY – The Spence School, New York. Click Here to read her Essay

Anthem Essay Competition Contact Details

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

Email:  essays@aynrand.org
Phone: 949-222-6550
FAX: 949-222-6558

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