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    Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Atlas Shrugged)

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    Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Mar 22, 2024
    Multiple awards worth up to


    Grade level

    All Grade Levels

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    June 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may just have the perfect opportunity for you: the Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write an 800 – 1,600 word essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or plot point of the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Nine prizes of varying amounts are awarded each year, with a grand prize of $25,000! If you’re familiar with Atlas Shrugged, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!

    About Ayn Rand Institute

    The Ayn Rand Institute is a California-based nonprofit “think tank” dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Ayn Rand’s philosophies.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    All Grade Levels

    Academic Interest


    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit an online application and the below application materials. Essays should be logically-organized, clear, and illustrate an incredibly in-depth understanding of the meaning of “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. Whether a judge agrees or disagrees with an applicant’s argument will not be a factor in scoring.

    1,600-word essay

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    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Ayn Rand Institute at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    No, the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Atlas Shrugged) is not renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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