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Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Competition 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open25-Mar-2016
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AwardPrize $30-$2,000
EligibilityClass 8 to 10
RegionAll India
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CONTACT US

If you do not find the answers to your questions in FAQ, you may submit a question. Please note that while they value your comments and inquiries, limited resources prevent their ability to engage in lengthy philosophic correspondence. Due to the high volume of mail received, they cannot guarantee a response.

MAILING ADDRESS:

The Ayn Rand Institute
2121 Alton Parkway, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92606

EMAIL mail@aynrand.org

PHONE 949-222-6550

FAX 949-222-6558

What is Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Competition 2016?

They offer an array of educational programs to enable students at all levels of knowledge to learn about Ayn Rand’s philosophy and novels.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

REQUIREMENTS

  • No application is required. 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.
  • To avoid disqualification, mailed-in 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.
  • Essay must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 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.
  • Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by March 25, 2016, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.
  • The Ayn Rand Institute has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third-party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Ayn Rand Institute for any claim, demand, judgment or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Ayn Rand Institute and will not be returned.
  • Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by July 28, 2016.
  • Winners are responsible for providing their mailing addresses and other necessary information under the law in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Ayn Rand Institute to post their names on any of ARI’s affiliated websites. The first-place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

How can you apply ?

Submit your Essay Online Or Post your essay with stapled cover sheet.

Please do not submit duplicate essays!

Entrants are responsible for keeping copies of their essays, as duplicate copies will not be provided. If submitting your essay electronically, you will be sent an email confirming our receipt. If you have not received an email notification within 24 hours, please email essays@aynrand.org. If you are submitting by mail, please paperclip a stamped, self-addressed postcard to your essay and we will return it to you with essay receipt confirmation.

FAQs

I'M  A HOME-SCHOOLED STUDENT, CAN I STILL ENTER THE CONTEST

Yes! Homeschooled students may enter our essay contests. Please enter the contest for your current grade level. Instead of writing your school name and address on your coversheet, just write “Homeschooled.” If you’re not sure which contest you’re eligible for, please write to the Education Department at essay@aynrand.org.

I'M A FOREIGN STUDENT, CAN I STILL ENTER THE CONTEST?

Yes! Foreign students may enter our essay contests, except where void or prohibited by law. We have no citizenship requirements. Please enter the contest for your current grade level. If you’re not sure which contest you’re eligible for, please write to the Education Department atessay@aynrand.org.

HOW CAN I VERIFY THAT MY ESSAY WAS RECEIVED?

If you send your essay by mail, you should paperclip a self-addressed, stamped postcard to your essay. When we receive your essay, we will drop your postcard in the mail. Alternatively, you can send your essay to us via registered mail or by using Priority Mail Delivery Confirmation. If you send your essay via email or via our web form, posted here, we will reply to your message and notify you that we received your essay.

HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY ESSAY VIA EMAIL?

If you wish to submit your essay via our web form, please follow the guidelines posted here.

I INCLUDED A SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED POSTCARD WITH MY ESSAY, BUT I HAVEN’T RECEIVED IT BACK IN THE MAIL YET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please note that it could take up to three weeks to receive your postcard from the date you sent your essay. If you are concerned that your essay was lost by the post office, please write toessay@aynrand.org.

CAN I SEND MY ESSAY IN BEFORE THE DEADLINE ?

Yes!

CAN I SEND MY ESSAY IN AFTER THE DEADLINE ?

We cannot accept essays postmarked after the deadline. If you have a valid reason why your essay could not be postmarked by the appropriate deadline, please write to essay@aynrand.org.

I ENTERED ONE OF YOUR CONTESTS IN A PREVIOUS YEAR; CAN I ENTER AGAIN THIS YEAR?

Yes, as long as you were not previously a first-place winner. In fact, some students have won prizes two years in a row!

I AM NOT IN THE 8TH, 9TH OR 10TH GRADE; MAY I STILL ENTER THE ANTHEM CONTEST?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept entries from students who are not in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade..

IF I WIN, DO I HAVE TO APPLY THE PRIZE MONEY TOWARD COLLEGE?

No. All awards are cash prizes. We place no restrictions on how the prize money is spent. Prize winners simply receive a check from us in the amount of their award.

DO I NEED TO INCLUDE A BIBLIOGRAPHY OR DO I NEED TO REFERENCE PAGE NUMBERS?

You do not need to reference page numbers for quotes from the essay topics. However, if you use any quotes from the novel you are writing about, you should cite the page numbers and place quotation marks around the quoted material. You do not need to include a bibliography unless you quote from a source besides the novel you are writing on. (Please note that you do not need to reference any additional material other than the assigned novel to write your essay. See the next question.)

SHOULD I CITE OTHER SOURCES BESIDES THE NOVEL I’M WRITING ON?

You do not need any source material other than the novel you are writing on. However, you may quote and reference other sources if you like. If you do, please cite your sources and include a bibliography with your essay.

CAN I HAVE A FRIEND/TEACHER/PARENT PROOFREAD MY ESSAY? IS THAT PLAGIARISM?

Yes, you may have your essay proofread. It is not plagiarism to have someone check your essay for spelling and grammatical or structural errors. However, it is plagiarism to have someone else write your essay for you, or if you use someone else’s words as if they were your own (see above regarding citing outside sources).

WHAT EXACTLY IS PLAGIARISM?

Plagiarism is using someone else’s words as if they were your own. It is not plagiarism as long as you cite your sources.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’VE WON A PRIZE IN ONE OF THE CONTESTS?

We will contact all the Anthem and The Fountainhead contest entrants by July 26. We will contactAtlas Shrugged entrants by December 23.

CAN I WRITE MORE THAN ONE ESSAY FOR A CONTEST?

No. You may enter one essay for each contest each year.

I AM ELIGIBLE TO ENTER MORE THAN ONE CONTEST. CAN I SUBMIT ESSAYS TO MORE THAN ONE OF YOUR CONTESTS?

Yes! You are welcome to enter multiple contests.

CAN I WRITE ON MORE THAN ONE TOPIC?

No. The contest guidelines ask that you select ONE of three topics. Please select only one topic.

CAN I WRITE ON A TOPIC OTHER THAN THE THREE LISTED IN THE CONTEST RULES?

No. Essays not written on one of the three topics will be disqualified.

WHERE CAN I FIND A COPY OF THE NOVEL I WANT TO WRITE ON?

All of Ayn Rand’s novels can be purchased via links from our website. They should also be available in your local bookstore or library.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT AYN RAND’S PHILOSOPHY, OBJECTIVISM?

Additional information about Ayn Rand and her philosophy is available on our website. You will find biographical information on Ayn Rand and additional information about her philosophy,Objectivism.

IS IT NECESSARY FOR ME TO KNOW ABOUT OBJECTIVISM TO WRITE MY ESSAY?

No. Judges look for essays that show a clear understanding of the novel, so no additional knowledge about Ayn Rand’s philosophy is required.

I DISAGREE WITH AYN RAND’S PHILOSOPHY; HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY CHANCES OF WINNING?

This will have no effect on your chances of winning. Judges look for writing that demonstrates an understanding of the novel, not whether the student agrees with it.​

ARE TRADE/CERTIFICATE SCHOOLS ACCEPTED?

Yes.

CAN SOMEONE WHO IS IN THE MILITARY, BUT WHO IS ENROLLED SCHOOL, ENTER THE ESSAY CONTESTS?

Yes.

I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED IN THIS FAQ; WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please send your comments or questions about the essay contests to essay@aynrand.org. In most cases, we should be able to respond within two to five business days

Terms and Conditions

1ST PLACE: $2,000: 1 Winner

2ND PLACE $500: 5 Winners

3RD PLACE: $200: 10 Winners

FINALISTS: $50: 45 Winners

SEMIFINALIST: S$30: 175 Winners

SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:

  • “It is a sin to write this.” So begins Anthem. But by the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has a different moral assessment of his action. Do you think Equality’s eventual assessment of his sin is correct? Why or why not? Explain.
  • By the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has changed his mind and become very critical of the leaders of his society, denouncing them in moral terms. Do you think he is correct to do so? Why or why not? Do you think he would agree with the advice that Rand offers in her short essay “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?”? Explain. *
  • Anthem portrays a totalitarian world of the future. In contrast to other such portrayals, the world of Anthemis technologically primitive. What does this imply about the nature of science and technology and the conditions for technological progress, and how do events of the story establish that view?
  • * “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?” by Ayn Rand will be available to read on this webpage by December 15, 2015.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify their view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning ofAnthem.

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