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1 May 2018

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About Anthem Essay Competition 2018 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 750 prizes totalling more than $1,30,000 will be awarded.
  • Winner of  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 2018 Dates

Event Date
The last date to submit the essay 1 May 2018
Anthem Essay Writing Result 29 August 2018

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Anthem Essay Competition 2018 by Ayn Rand Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  Global
Class/ Age  Class 8, 9 and 10
  • 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.

Anthem Essay Competition 2018 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 2018 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 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 either of the two modes discussed below by 1 May 2018, 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. Anthem depicts a world of the future, a collectivist dictatorship in which even the word “I” has vanished. Discuss the hero’s struggle to free himself from collectivism. What makes his victory possible? In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in the excerpt titled “The Soul of an Individualist” from her novel The Fountainhead.
  2. In Anthem, the City has numerous rules and controls. Why do these exist? What is their purpose? Do you think the society that Equality envisions creating at the end of the story would include any of these rules and controls? Explain why or why not.
  3. Contrast Equality’s view of morality at the end of the novel to the morality exemplified by his society’s institutions, practices and officials. In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in these excerpts from her writings.

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 the 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, a message will be dropped in the mail to notify that your essay has been received.

Anthem Essay Competition 2018 by Ayn Rand Selection Process

  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email or by mail by 29 August 2018.
  • 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 2018 by Ayn Rand 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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