Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

  • Master, Bachelor
  • Up to $10,000
  • 5 November 2023
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Atlas Shrugged is a mystery novel like no other. You enter a world where scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors are inexplicably vanishing—where the world is crumbling.

And what you discover, by the end, is an uplifting vision of life, an inspiring cast of heroes, and a challenging new way to think about life’s most important issues.

Students who participate will need to read the book they have selected carefully, grapple with its complex themes, and push the boundaries of their writing ability. By doing so, we hope students will achieve a deeper appreciation for Rand’s literary works and develop a curiosity for the philosophy that underlies them.

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Ayn Rand Institute

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  • Open to all 12th grade, college, and graduate students worldwide.

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Test yourself against talented students from around the world and the high grading standards of their faculty. On average, only the top 5–10% of essays are awarded prizes each year.

Win cash prizes among five placement categories. This is an excellent way to earn money for college and higher education. They place no restrictions on how the money is spent by recipients:

$50 for 50 Winners - Semifinalist

$100 for 25 Winners - Finalist

$500 for 5 Winners (3rd Place)

$2,500 for 3 Winners (2nd Place)

$10,000 for 1 Winner (1st place)


Read an Ayn Rand novel.

Select one of the three prompts about Atlas Shrugged and write an essay in response to it.

Essays must be written in English only and between 800 and 1,600 words in length, double-spaced.

Submit for grading.

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