This contest is available for the 11th and 12th GRADE students who are enrolled at an accredited the University of the United States for the session 2020-21.
The organization was established in 1985. The Ayn Rand Institute is a nonprofit think tank in Irvine in California. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years.
Who May Eligible
- Participants must be in the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at the time of the current contest deadline.
- Contest is open to the United States students.
How to Apply
All the participants need to write an essay on one of the following three topics:
- Aside from very rare exceptions, there is no opposition to the leaders in this society. Why is this? What ideas must the people in this society have accepted to live a life of obedience, drudgery and fear?
- Prometheus writes: “The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them.” (Chapter 3) Why does he think that the secrets of this earth are not for all men to see? If he thinks this, why does he decide to show his glass box to the World Council of Scholars? How do these issues relate to the theme of the novel?
- What does Equality’s society regard as sinful or transgressive, and what does it regard as holy or sacred? How does Equality’s view of what is sinful and sacred come to change by the end of the story? How do you think his ultimate view of what is sacred differs from our own society’s view of the sacred?
- Essay must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length, double-spaced.
- Essays must be written in English only.
- Applicants need to submit an essay electronically through the given link and complete the application form.
Awards will distributed by the following method:
- 1st place winner will get –$2000
- 2nd place winners will get—$250
- 3rd place winners will get—$100
Application Deadline: April 28, 2022