Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead Essay Contest 2018 - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students


Friday, 6 April 2018

Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead Essay Contest 2018

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 15, 2018

1 Winner
5 Winners
10 Winners
45 Winners
175 Winners

  1. How do Keating’s and Roark’s paths to success differ? Which one in the end is the real success? In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in these excerpts from her writings.
  2. Choose the scene in The Fountainhead that is most meaningful to you. Analyze that scene in terms of the wider themes in the book.
  3. The theme of The Fountainhead, said Ayn Rand, is “individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul.” How do the motives and actions of Roark, Keating and Toohey dramatize this theme? In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in these excerpts from her writings.

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

Click here for further information and submission of entries

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