Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest 2018 - Competitions for Indian Students

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest 2018

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 750 prizes totaling more than $130,000.

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

Entry Deadline:
MAY 15, 2018

Awards
1ST PLACE
$10,000
1 Winner
2ND PLACE
$2,000
5 Winners
3RD PLACE
$1,000
10 Winners
FINALISTS
$100
45 Winners
SEMIFINALISTS
$50
175 Winners

12TH-GRADE ONLY SPECIAL CONTEST
The four highest-scoring 12th-grade students in the Atlas Shrugged essay contest are eligible for additional prize money:

Winner: $2,000 (1 Winner)
Runners-Up: $500 (3 Winners)

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:
An important early event in the novel is the destruction of the Phoenix-Durango. What factors make its destruction possible? How does this issue relate to the meaning and theme of Atlas Shrugged? In your answer, consider what Rand has to say in her 1962 essay “The Pull Peddlers.”
Capitalism’s defenders usually appeal to the “public good” as the moral justification of capitalism. Contrast this approach to defending capitalism with Ayn Rand’s approach in Atlas Shrugged. In your answer, consider what Rand has to say in her 1965 essay “What Is Capitalism?”
Francisco d’Anconia and his teacher, Hugh Akston, advise more than once: “Check your premises,” because contradictions do not exist. Identify at least two major apparent contradictions that the heroes of Atlas Shrugged encounter, and explain, with reference to the novel, what premises they need to check and correct in order for them to understand that these “contradictions” do not exist.

SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY ONLINE
Or mail your essay with stapled cover sheet to:

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

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.




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