Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest and Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships

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.

Eligibility for Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships:

To be considered eligible for Ayn Rand essay scholarships, 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 Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships:

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.

Essay Guidelines:

  • 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:
  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.

Submitting Details:

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

Award Amount:

  • 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

Application Deadline:

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.

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Contact Information:

If you have questions regarding the contest, you can write to us at essay-at-aynrand.org.


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