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“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest 2009

For the past many years, the Ayn Rand Institute has been hosting the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest for college students.

Deadline: Sept 17, 2009
  • FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
  • 3 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
  • 5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
  • 20 FINALISTS: $100

Atlas Shrugged—Topics
Select ONE of the following three topics:
1. Hank Rearden does not apply the same philosophy to his personal life that he applies to his business. In what way does this contradiction harm him psychologically and practically? What is the central error that he makes? How does correcting his error improve his life?

2. In Atlas Shrugged, the heroes want to "make" money while the villains want, on the surface at least, to "have" money. What is the difference between these two views of money? Explain your answer by reference to actual events in the novel.

3. Choose one of the following pairs, and compare and contrast each character's approach to life and basic motivation:
a. Hank Rearden and Francisco d'Anconia
b. Dagny Taggart and Lillian Rearden
c. Eddie Willers and James Taggart Atlas Shrugged—Judging

Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.

Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works. To ensure the anonymity of our participants, essay cover sheets are removed after the first round. Winners’ names are unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized.

For more details, rules and entry details, click here.

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