- No application is required.
- Students can participate in this competition by sending in their entries.
- One entry per student.
Submission of Essay
Candidates can submit their duly written essay by either of the two modes discussed below by 15 May 2018, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.:
Mode 1: (Online) Candidates can submit their essay online.
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Mode 2: (Offline) Candidates can mail their duly written essay with the stapled cover sheet to:
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
It is to be noted that Applicants must not submit duplicate essays.
Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Topics
Applicants must select any one of the three topics:
- An important early event in the novel is the destruction of the Phoenix-Durango. What factors make its destruction possible? How does this issue relate to the meaning and theme of Atlas Shrugged? In your answer, consider what Rand has to say in her 1962 essay “The Pull Peddlers.”
- Capitalism’s defenders usually appeal to the “public good” as the moral justification of capitalism. Contrast this approach to defending capitalism with Ayn Rand’s approach in Atlas Shrugged. In your answer, consider what Rand has to say in her 1965 essay “What Is Capitalism?”
- Francisco d’Anconia and his teacher, Hugh Akston, advise more than once: “Check your premises,” because contradictions do not exist. Identify at least two major apparent contradictions that the heroes of Atlas Shrugged encounter, and explain, with reference to the novel, what premises they need to check and correct in order for them to understand that these “contradictions” do not exist.
How to save your Entry from getting Disqualified?
In order to avoid disqualification, mail in the essays along with the following information is written on a stapled cover sheet with following details:
- Applicants name and address;
- Applicants e-mail address (if available);
- The name and address of applicant's school;
- topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the list above);
- Applicants current grade level; and
- (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if the applicants are completing it for classroom credit.
Specifications for Fountainhead Essay
- Students are supposed to pick one of these three topics and write an 800-1600 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.