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Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest 2017 [Prizes worth $ 90,000]: Submit by April 28

By: Abhimanyu | December 21, 2016

Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 500 prizes totaling more than $90,000.

Eligibility for Atlas Shrugged

12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students


1. Francisco d’Anconia says that the “words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.” What does he mean? What are today’s prevalent moral attitudes toward money? Do you agree with Francisco’s view? Explain why or why not.

2. Atlas Shrugged is both a celebration of business and a defense of it against widespread attacks. Judging from the novel, as well as from Ayn Rand’s essay “What Is Capitalism?” and her speech “America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business,” why does she think business should be defended and championed? What does she think is a proper defense of business, and why?

3. Ragnar Danneskjöld says he loves that which has rarely been loved, namely, human ability. What do you think he means? How does his position relate to the idea: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”? Do you agree or disagree with Ragnar’s attitude? Explain.

Prize Money

1st Place: $ 20,000: 1 Winner

2nd Place: $ 2,000: 3 Winners

3rd Place: $ 1,000: 5 Winners

Finalists: $ 100: 25 Winners

Semi-finalists: $ 50: 50 Winners


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Submission Procedure

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28th April, 2017


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