Deadline: September 17, 2008
First Prize: $10,000
3 Second Prizes: $2,000
5 Third Prizes: $1,000
20 Finalists: $20
20 Semifinalists: $20
The Essay Contest topics will not be available until November.
To see topics visit http://www.aynrand.org. “Winning
essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic
meaning of Atlas Shrugged.”
Entrant must be enrolled in a college degree program at the
time of entry.
High school students entering college in the fall of 2008 are
Contest is open to students worldwide.
A stapled cover sheet MUST include: name and ad- dress of entrant;
entrant’s e-mail address (if avail able); name and address
of entrant’s university
Essay must be no fewer than 1,000 and no more than 1,200 words
in length, and must be typewritten and double spaced. One entry
per student, please.
Essay must be solely the work of the entrant.
Essay must be postmarked no later than September 17, 2008.
Decisions of the judges are final.
Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors,
and their immediate family members are not eligible for
this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for
All entries become the property of the Ayn Rand Institute and
will not be returned.
Winners and other participants will be notified by November