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Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Competition 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open29-Mar-2017
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AwardCash prize upto $2,000
EligibilityClass 8 to 10
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​Anthem Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
Email: mail@aynrand.org, essay@aynrand.org
Phone: 949-222-6550
Fax: 949-222-6558

What is Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Competition 2017?

Ayn Rand Anthem Essay is a Competition in which 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.

You have to write essay on one of the following three topics:

  • Equality knows that his invention will benefit mankind greatly. However, this was not his primary motivation in conducting his experiments, and it is not the primary source of the joy and the pride he experiences in his work. What is his primary motivation? Do you think that Equality is right to be motivated in this way? Explain the reasons for your answer. What do you think the world would be like if everyone were motivated in the same way?
  • Politically, Anthem depicts a completely collectivist society. What ideas do the rulers appeal to in order to justify their collectivist society? What similarities, if any, do you see between these ideas and the ones that you hear around you today? In what way, if any, has your own thinking about such ideas been affected by reading and reflecting upon Anthem? Relate your answer to a speech, “The Soul of a Collectivist,” made by a villain in a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.
  • To Prometheus the word “ego” is holy, but today one is usually told that it is wrong to be an egoist. Is Prometheus an egoist? What does this mean? Is it something good or bad? Explain your answer by reference to specific events in Anthem, and to a speech, “The Soul of an Individualist,” made by the hero of a different Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • 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 at the time of the current contest deadline. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online or mail/post your essay with stapled cover sheet to:

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

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.

I AM NOT IN THE 11TH OR 12TH GRADE; MAY I STILL ENTER THE FOUNTAINHEAD CONTEST?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept entries from students who are not in the 11th or 12th 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 GRADUATE STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR THE ATLAS SHRUGGED CONTEST?

Yes, graduate students are welcome to participate in the contest.

ARE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR THE ATLAS SHRUGGED CONTEST?

Yes, community college students are welcome to participate in the contest.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A DECLARED MAJOR TO ENTER THE ATLAS SHRUGGED CONTEST?

No.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR THE ATLAS SHRUGGED CONTEST?

No.

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

Entry Deadline: MARCH 29, 2017

  • 1ST PLACE: $2,000: 1 Winner
  • 2ND PLACE: $500: 5 Winners
  • 3RD PLACE: $200: 10 Winners
  • FINALISTS: $50: 45 Winners
  • SEMIFINALISTS: $30: 175 Winners

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