The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to 12th Graders, College Undergraduates or Graduate Students to send in entries for the 2013 Essay contest for students worldwide.
Essay Topics: you are to Select ONE of the following three topics:

  1. Atlas Shrugged contains both businessmen who are heroes, such as Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart, and businessmen who are villains, such as Orren Boyle and James Taggart. What are the differences between these types of businessmen? Is the story a celebration of business? How does this issue relate to the wider themes in the novel?
  2. Hank Rearden says that the killer tenet which destroys a man is the soul-body dichotomy—that this wrong idea has been the source of his life’s pain. What do you think this dichotomy is? How has it wreaked havoc in Hank’s life?
  3. What is the meaning of money to Francisco? To James Taggart?

Worth of Awards
Successful participants will receive thus:
First Prize: $10,000
3 Second Prizes: $2,000
5 Third Prizes: $1,000
25 Finalists: $100
50 Semifinalists: $50
Eligibility

  • No application is required. The Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law.
  • Entrant must be a 12th Grader, College Undergraduate, or Graduate Student.
  • The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content.
  • Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.
  • Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased 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 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.
  • The Ayn Rand Institute checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.

 How to Apply

  • To avoid disqualification, mailed in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
  • 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.
  • Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, and double-spaced.
  • One entry per student. No purchase necessary to win. Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Ayn Rand Institute for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Ayn Rand Institute and will not be returned.
  • Winners are responsible to provide their mailing addresses and other necessary information under the law in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Ayn Rand Institute to post their names on any of ARI’s affiliated websites. The winning first place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.Or mail your essay with stapled cover sheet to:

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

Please do not submit duplicate essays!If submitting your essay electronically, you will be sent an email confirming receipt. If you have not received an e-mail notification within 24 hours, please e-mail [email protected]. If you are submitting by mail, please paperclip a stamped, self-addressed postcard to the your essay and they will return it to you. Comments or questions about the essay contests are welcome. Please write to [email protected].

  • Deadline: Essay must be postmarked no later than September 17, 2013, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time. The Ayn Rand Institute has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.

Winners, finalists, semi finalists and all other participants will be notified via e-mail by November 28, 2013
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