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About Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Ayn Rand

  • The Atlas Shrugged 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 400 prizes totaling more than $50,000 will be awarded.
  • Winner of  Atlas Shrugged Essay competition for the year 2015 was

    John Thorpe. Click Here to read his Essay

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Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Ayn Rand Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  Global
Class/ Age  Class 12, Undergraduate or Graduate Student.
  • 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.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Ayn Rand Reward

 Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition 2016-17 Reward

Position No. of Students Selected Prize
1st Place 1 Winner $20,000
2nd Place 3 Winners $2,000
3rd Place 5 Winners $1,000
Finalists 25 Winners $100
Semi Finalists 50 Winners $50

Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Ayn Rand Application form and Process

Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition 2016-17 Application Process

  • 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 April 17, 2017, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.:

Mode 1: Online: Candidates can submit their essay online. Click here to Submit essay for Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition

Mode 2: Offline: Candidates can mail their duly written essay with 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:

  • Francisco d’Anconia says that the “words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.” What does he mean? What are today’s prevalent moral attitudes toward money? Do you agree with Francisco’s view? Explain why or why not.
  • Atlas Shrugged is both a celebration of business and a defense of it against widespread attacks. Judging both from the novel and from Rand’s essay “What Is Capitalism?” and her talk “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,” why does she think business should be defended and championed? What does she think is a proper defense of business, and why?
  • Ragnar Danneskjöld says he loves that which has rarely been loved, namely, human ability. What do you think this means? How does it relate to the idea: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”? Do you agree or disagree with Ragnar’s attitude? Explain.

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 list above);
  • Applicants current grade level; and
  • (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if the applicant's 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.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Ayn Rand Selection Process

Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition 2016-17 Selection Process

  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email or by mail by July 26, 2017.
  • Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized.
  • The Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.
  • There is a four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works.
  • To ensure the anonymity of our participants, essay cover sheets are removed after the first round. Winners’ names are unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized. 
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Ayn Rand Address

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

Atlas Shrugged Essay Competition Ayn Rand Contact Details


949-222-6550 ext. 259



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