All students are eligible!
Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify their view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. 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 Canada 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 Canada checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.
The Ayn Rand Institute Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing information about and resources on books by novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, author of the famous novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and originator of the philosophy which she named Objectivism.