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Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Information

Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students

Entry Deadline: September 17, 2011

  • FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
  • 3 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
  • 5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
  • 25 FINALISTS: $100
  • 50 SEMIFINALISTS: $50

Topics

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”?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?

Visit the official contest website for full details, rules, and submission procedures.