Since 1985, the Ayn Rand Institute has hosted annual contests. The contests are categorized by Ayn Rand novels: Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged.
Each year a different essay topic is chosen. Students are instructed to pay attention to the themes and character motivations as they read the novels and think about how to answer the essay topic questions.
Anthem: Students in grades 8th to 12th grade worldwide can write an essay about Anthem for a top prize of $2,000.
The Fountainhead: Students in 11th and 12th grades worldwide can write an essay on The Fountainhead for a top prize of $5,000.
Atlas Shrugged: High school students in 12th grade, college students, and graduate students worldwide can write an essay about Atlas Shrugged for a top prize of $10,000.
- All applicants must be at least 13 years old.
Application or Entry Requirements
- Visit the Ayn Rand Institute website to sign up for an email with application instructions and application portal
- Requirements vary by novel.
- Anthem and The Fountainhead: late April
- Atlas Shrugged: late November
Notifications of Decisions
- Announcement of prize winners will be made in July (Anthem and The Fountainhead) and February (Atlas Shrugged)