The Fountainhead Essay Contest
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Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
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Anthem Essay Contest
Who: 8th, 9th and 10th grade students Number of Awards: 236 Value: $30 to $2,000 Deadline: March 2014 (TBA)In 1999, HBO® produced a movie, The Passion of Ayn Rand, with Helen Mirren and Eric Stoltz, and Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged, is currently being filmed (part III). Those who would like to know more about Rand and her philosophy should visit the Ayn Rand Institute online.
- 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 11th or 12th grade at the time of the current contest deadline. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.
- 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 800 and no more than 1,600 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 per contest.
- Essay must be submitted online or postmarked by April 26, 2017, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific standard time.
- The Ayn Rand Institute has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.
- Winners, finalists, semifinalists and all other participants will be notified via email and/or by mail by August 3, 2017.
- 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.
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