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Friday, 27 March 2020

Ayn Rand's Anthem Essay Contest

Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand's classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged
This is the right time to read this masterpiece and get a chance to win exciting prizes by participating in Ayn Rand Institute's Anthem Essay Contest.

Eligibility for Anthem
8th, 9th and 10th GRADE

Entry Deadline:
APRIL 30, 2020

1 Winner
5 Winners
10 Winners
45 Winners
175 Winners


    1. Aside from very rare exceptions, there is no opposition to the leaders in this society. Why is this? What ideas must the people in this society have accepted to live a life of obedience, drudgery and fear?
    2. Prometheus writes: “The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.” (Chapter 3) Why does he think that the secrets of this earth are not for all men to see? If he thinks this, why does he decide to show his glass box to the World Council of Scholars? How do these issues relate to the theme of the novel?
    3. What does Equality’s society regard as sinful or transgressive, and what does it regard as holy or sacred? How does Equality’s view of what is sinful and sacred come to change by the end of the story? How do you think his ultimate view of what is sacred differs from our own society’s view of the sacred?

      No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law. Essays must be written in English only.

      The following information should be included in the cover sheet with the essay

      1. your name and address;
      2. your email address (if available);
      3. the name and address of your school;
      4. topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from the “Topics” tab);
      5. your current grade level; and
      6. (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.

      Or mail your essay with stapled cover sheet to:

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

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