Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest 2011

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Call for participation
Select ONE of the following three topics:

  1. What do you think is meant, in Part III of Atlas Shrugged, by the phrase “utopia of greed”?
  1. Why does Francisco D’Anconia, heir to the greatest fortune in the world and a productive genius with boundless ambition,change his course and pose as, of all things, a playboy?
  1. What does the story of Atlas Shrugged have to say about the relative powers of good and evil and the conditions under which one is victorious over the other?.

Main Rules:

No application is required. The Contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law.

Entrant must be a 12th Grader, College Undergraduate, or Graduate Student.

Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, and double-spaced.

One entry per student. No purchase necessary to win. Essay must be postmarked no later than September 17, 2011, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time.The Ayn Rand Institute has the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.

Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.

The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged. Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works. To ensure the anonymity of our participants, essay cover sheets are removed after the first round. Winners’ names are unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized. The Ayn Rand Institute checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.

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