Worldwide Essay Contests for High School Students

Over US$40,000 in Prize Money — More than 250 Prizes

Each year the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), a United States organization, awards tens of thousands of dollars in prizes to students who distinguish themselves by writing essays on Ayn Rand’s classic novels Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

Since 1985, more than 445,000 students have entered these contests, and ARI has awarded over US$2,000,000 in total prizes to student winners. The contests are open to all students worldwide, so Canadian students are more than welcome to participate.

Grades 8-12

2023 Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s Anthem


Grade 11-12

2023 Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead


Grade 12 & College

2022 Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged


New! A website for students who want to learn more about Ayn Rand’s novels.