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Friday, 27 March 2020

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead Essay Contest

The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Russian-American author Ayn Rand, her first major literary success. If you haven't read this novel, now's the time. Read the book and enter the 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 750 prizes totaling more than $130,000.

Eligibility for The Fountainhead
11th and 12th GRADE

Entry Deadline:
MAY 28, 2020

1 Winner
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175 Winners

  1. With which character in The Fountainhead do you most empathize or identify? Explain your answer. What does the author seem to think of the character you’ve chosen? What do you think about the author’s view of the character, especially in relation to the novel’s theme. Explain your answer.
  2. When Howard Roark refuses the Manhattan Bank Building contract he says that this is “the most selfish thing you’ve ever seen a man do.” And in his courtroom speech, he argues for selfishness and egoism and against the conventional morality of altruism. Do you think he is correct to praise selfishness and denounce altruism? Why or why not? Explain.
  3. Why does Toohey support Keating’s career early on? What is Toohey’s purpose in promoting the careers of people like Keating, Gordon Prescott, Lois Cook, Ike the Genius, and Gus Webb? In what way does his purpose relate to his campaign against Roark? How does this issue relate to the wider themes in the novel?

    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 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.

    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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