The Ayn Rand Story Contest DEADLINE

The Ayn Rand Story Contest DEADLINE

Sep 30
Sep 30
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Add to Calendar Sep 30, 2021 05:00 PM Sep 30, 2021 05:01 PM America/Los_Angeles The Ayn Rand Story Contest DEADLINE Contest

Calling all students/young professionals! The Atlas Society presents our first ever Ayn Rand Story Contest and we want to hear from you! 

Many of you have shared with us your stories of first learning about Ayn Rand, your favorite books, and how her ideas challenged your previous assumptions and changed your world view in ways that elevated your ambitions, reorganized your priorities, reoriented your relationships, and altered your life trajectory.  Now’s your chance to polish your writing skills, and share your inspiring story with others and win a chance to attend and receive recognition at the 5th Annual Atlas Society Gala in Malibu this November 4th! 

Through her fiction like Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead and Anthem -- and non-fiction like The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal --  Ayn Rand has inspired readers in ways both personal and political.  She celebrated individualism, reason, and liberty -- while being vilified by the forces of collectivism (a testament itself to independence and perseverance). Through our work at The Atlas Society, we have had the privilege of introducing millions of young people to Rand’s ideas in fun, creative, accessible ways. One of the greatest rewards of our work is hearing personal testimonies from countless young people on how the ideas of Ayn Rand influenced their personal philosophy and changed their lives! Now we want to reward YOU through our first ever “Ayn Rand Story Contest.”

We are inviting YOU and other students and young adults (ages 16-27) to write a one page, single spaced essay (12 pt. Font) about how you were introduced to the ideas of Ayn Rand and how they have improved your life in meaningful ways! We will select TWO winners for our Ayn Rand Story Contest based on the following parameters: A.) how compelling/captivating the story and the degree of impact Ayn Rand and her work has had on your life and B.) the clarity and conciseness of your writing. 

Please use the prompt questions below to draft your story!

  • How did you first learn about Ayn Rand?
  • How have her works/ideas influenced your perspective/philosophy/worldview?
  • In what tangible ways have the ideas changed your life -- i.e. decisions you’ve taken or changes you’ve made that you might not have otherwise?
  • Which characters most resonate with you -- and why?
  • In what ways are you working to put Rand’s ideas into practice -- or influence others in the future?
Winners will receive a FREE ticket to our November 4th Gala in Malibu CA, plus a travel stipend, recognition at the gala, and promotion of your essay on social media, newsletter, and website!

Submit questions and/or submissions (submissions should be in .pdf or .docx format) to storycontest@atlassociety.org. Please also include a cover letter with your full name, age, university or high school (if applicable), and the title of your story. All submissions must be received by 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET on Friday, October 1st! Winners will be announced via Instagram Live (follow us @atlassociety on Instagram) on Friday, October 8th at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET.

PLEASE NOTE:  As a contestant, you agree to give The Atlas Society permission to use your essay, in part or in its entirety, on our website, marketing materials, and on social media; with appropriate credit given to you.