“Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest

For nearly four decades, the Ayn Rand Institute has hosted annual student essay contests on Ayn Rand’s novels. These contests encourage students to seriously engage with Rand’s ideas through reflection on her profound and influential novels. Students who participate will need to read the book they have selected carefully, grapple with its complex themes, and push the boundaries of their writing ability. By doing so, we hope students will achieve a deeper appreciation for Rand’s literary works and develop a curiosity for the philosophy that underlies them.

The astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did.

Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is unlike any other book you have ever read. It is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit.

To Apply:

  • Choose Your Essay Topic
    • Select one of the following three prompts about Atlas Shrugged and write an essay in response to it.
    • Essays must be written in English only and be between 800 and 1,600 words in length.
  • Master OurGrading Standards
    • Essays are judged on whether the student is able to justify and argue for his or her view, not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses.
    • Our graders look for writing that is clear, articulate, and logically organized. Essays should stay on topic, address all parts of the selected prompt, and interrelate the ideas and events in the novel.
    • Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.
  • Submit your essay and additional information at this link address

Potentially win $10,000!

Deadline – November 6, 2023

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