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 Ayn Rand Essay Contest - FOUNTAINHEAD

  • Topic: Select one of the following three topics:
    • At the end of Part II, Ellsworth Toohey confronts Howard Roark and says, "Mr. Roark, we're alone here. Why don't you tell me what you think of me?" To which Roark replies, "But I don’t think of you." Explain how this brief exchange relates to the novel's theme.

    • Gail Wynand is a brilliant individual who rose out of the slums by means of his own talent and effort. But despite his reverence for man's noblest achievements, his newspaper, The Banner, presents the most lurid and loathsome values. Why does Wynand pander in this manner?

    • In dynamiting Cortlandt Homes, Howard Roark breaks the law. What is his moral and philosophical argument for the rectitude of his action?

  • Eligibility: Grades 11 and 12
  • Length: 800 to 1600 words.
  • Submissions must include a cover sheet
    • Student name and address
    • Student e-mail address (if available)
    • Name and address of your school
      • Flathead High School
      • 644 Fourth Avenue West
      • Kalispell, MT 59901
    • Topic selected (#1, 2, or 3 from the list above)
    • Student current grade level
    • (optional) Teacher name who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  • Awards:
    • First prize - $10,000 cash award
    • 5 Second prizes - $2,000 cash awards
    • 10 Third prizes - $1,000 cash awards
    • 45 Finalist prizes - $100 cash awards
    • 175 Semifinalist prizes - $50 cash awards

Click here to visit the Ayn Rand Essay Contest web page.

DEADLINE: April 26, 2015

Last Modified on September 2, 2014