Posted by: anitanolan | January 28, 2011

Ayn Rand Anthem Writing Contest for 8th-10th Graders

Anthem Essay Contest Information

Eligibility: 8th, 9th and 10th Graders 

Entry Deadline: March 20, 2011

FIRST PRIZE: $2,000
5 SECOND PRIZES: $500
10 THIRD PRIZES: $200
45 FINALISTS: $50
175 SEMIFINALISTS: $30

Anthem Cover

Topics

Select ONE of the following three topics:

  1. Contrast Equality’s view of morality at the end of the novel to the morality exemplified by his society’s institutions, practices, and officials.
  2. Anthem’s theme is, in Ayn Rand’s own words, “the meaning of man’s ego.” Explain the ways in which the characters and story in Anthem illustrate this theme.
  3. To fully control a man, dictators must not only enslave his body, but also destroy his mind. Discuss how the leaders and society in Anthem seek to accomplish this tyrannical end.

Judging

Essays 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 Anthem.

Rules

  • No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide.
  • Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade.
  • To avoid disqualification, mailed in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
    1. your name and address;
    2. your e-mail address (if available);
    3. the name and address of your school;
    4. topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from list above);
    5. your current grade level; and
    6. (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  • See more information here: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/Anthem.aspx?theme=blue
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