The (Ayn Rand) Fountainhead Essay Contest

Who Is Eligible:

Entrant must be in the eleventh or twelfth grade.


To avoid disqualification, a stapled cover sheet MUST include: your name and address; your e-mail address (if available); the name and address of your high school; topic selected (see website); your current grade level and (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.

Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, and must be typewritten and double-spaced. One entry per student, please.

Note: All information necessary to enter the contest is contained on the application. It is not necessary to write for more information.

Deadline: 10/24/2017 Based on last year's deadline
Amount: 10,000 1st Prize; $2,000 2nd Prize; $1,000 3rd Prize; $100 Finalists; $50 Semifinalists
How to apply:

Application is past due this year, please check it back for further information.



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