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Friday, 27 March 2020

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged 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 scholarship prize money.

ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. 

Eligibility for Atlas Shrugged
12th Graders, College Undergraduates and Graduate Students

Entry Deadline:
SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
Prizes
1ST PLACE
$25,000
1 Winner
2ND PLACE
$2,500
3 Winners
3RD PLACE
$500
5 Winners
FINALISTS
$100
50 Winners


SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:

  • The covers of many editions of Atlas Shrugged describe it as “a mystery story, not about the murder of man’s body, but about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit.” Choose three of the most significant mysteries you encounter in Part I of the novel and explain what you think are the solutions to each. For each one, how does it relate to “the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit”?
  • Atlas Shrugged tells the story of what happens to a society when its most productive members go missing. Where  today can a similar situation be found? Select a well-known situation that has made international headlines. Explain what you understand to be both the cause and the effect of the situation. In what ways are the circumstances similar to the story of Atlas Shrugged? In what ways are they different?
  • James says to Cherryl: “I don’t want to be loved for anything. I want to be loved for myself not for anything I do or have or say or think.” What does James mean by this? What do Cherryl’s responses to James suggest her view of love to be? What is your view? How does this issue relate to the wider themes of the novel?
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REQUIREMENTS
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 a 12th grader, college undergraduate or graduate student for any part of the school year in which the contest is held. ARI reserves the right to make exceptions to this rule, on a case-by-case basis, for international students or for students with nonstandard school years.
To avoid disqualification, mailed-in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
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 800 and no more than 1,600 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 September 21, 2020, no later than 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.


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