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Ayn Rand Essay Contests

Application Deadline:



8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and Senior High School Students


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.


High School Students
Each Essay has different age groups
and different Deadlines

Terms of Award:

Each Essay has different awards:
Atlas Shrugged:
FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
25 FINALISTS: $100

Please Submit:

To Enter submit your essay on-line
Or mail your essay with stapled cover sheet

Mailed in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:

your name and address;
your e-mail address (if available);
the name and address of your school;
topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from list above);
your current grade level; and
(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, and double-spaced.

Please send your comments or questions about the essay contests to

Online Application: