Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest (Cash Prizes).
Deadline May 1, 2018
Ayn Rand Institute Anthem Essay Contest:
Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes
ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000.
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Eligibility for Anthem: 8th, 9th, and 10th Grade students
Deadline May 1, 2018
1st place $2,000 (1 Winner)
2nd Place $500 (3 Winners)
3rd Place $200 (10 Winners)
Finalists $50 (45 Winners)
SEMIFINALISTS $30 (175 Winners)
SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS (2018):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem.
- No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only.
- Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade at the time of the current contest deadline. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.
- To avoid disqualification, mailed-in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
- your name and address;
- your email address (if available);
- the name and address of your school;
- topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the “Topics” tab);
- 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 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length, double-spaced. Spelling errors and/or written corrections (by anyone) found on the essay will count against the final grade and should be omitted before submission.
- One entry per student per contest.
- Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by May 1, 2018, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.
- The Ayn Rand Institute has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.
- 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, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by August 3, 2018.
- Winners are responsible for providing 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 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.
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NOVELIST About Ayn Rand
Howard Roark. John Galt. Dagny Taggart. Hank Rearden. The heroes of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are famous because they're unique. Rand's stories, full of drama and intrigue, portray businessmen, inventors, architects, workers and scientists as noble, passionate figures. Where else will you find an inventor who must rediscover the word “I,” a young woman who defies a nation embracing communism, or an industrialist who must disguise himself as a playboy? A philosopher-pirate? An architect who is fiercely selfish yet enormously benevolent? A man who vows to stop the motor of the world — and does?
In creating her novels, Rand sought to make real her exalted view of man and of life — “like a beacon,” she wrote, “raised over the dark crossroads of the world, saying ‘This is possible.’” For millions of readers, the experience of entering Rand's universe proves unforgettable.
To submit your essay http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.org/Anthem.aspx
ADVICE ON YOUR ESSAY SUBMISSION
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Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter in Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes. The contest is open to worldwide for 8th, 9th or 10th-grade students. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year they will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000.
Ayn Rand has inspired individuals around the world to discard convention and pursue a better life. They offer an array of educational programs to enable students at all levels of knowledge to learn about Ayn Rand’s philosophy and novels.
To be considered eligible for the scholarship, the candidates must follow the given criteria:
- The contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only.
- Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.
How to Apply:
To be entering in an essay contest, the candidates must submit an essay in one of the following topics.
- Equality knows that his invention will benefit mankind greatly. However, this was not his primary motivation in conducting his experiments, and it is not the primary source of the joy and the pride he experiences in his work. What is his primary motivation? Do you think that Equality is right to be motivated in this way? Explain the reasons for your answer. What do you think the world would be like if everyone were motivated in the same way?
- Politically, Anthem depicts a completely collectivist society. What ideas do the rulers appeal to to justify their collectivist society? What similarities, if any, do you see between these ideas and the ones that you hear around you today? In what way, if any, has your own thinking about such ideas been affected by reading and reflecting upon Anthem? Relate your answer to a speech, “The Soul of a Collectivist,” made by a villain in a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.
- To Prometheus the word “ego” is holy, but today one is usually told that it is wrong to be an egoist. Is Prometheus an egoist? What does this mean? Is it something good or bad? Explain your answer by reference to specific events in Anthem and to speech, “The Soul of an Individualist,” made by the hero of a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.
- The essay must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length, double-spaced.
- Essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
- Your name and address
- Your email address (if available)
- The name and address of your school
- Topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the “topics” tab)
- Your current grade level and
- (Optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay if you are completing it for classroom credit.
You can submit your essay online through the given link: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.org/Anthem.aspx
You can mail your essay with stapled cover sheet to:
Anthem Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
- 1st Place: 1 winner will receive $2,000
- 2nd Place: 5 winners will receive $500 each
- 3rd Place: 10 winners will receive $200 each
- Finalists: 45 winners will receive $50 each
- Semifinalists: 175 winners will receive $30 each
The essay must be submitted online or postmarked by March 29, 2017, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time. Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by August 3, 2017.
Link for More Information:
If you have questions regarding the contest, you can write to us at essay-at-aynrand.org.