Second Annual Objective Standard Essay Contest

by Jason Stotts

The Objective Standard is once again holding an essay contest on Atlas Shrugged.  Don’t miss out on a good opprotunity for fortune and fame, all through merely putting your pen to paper.


In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand dramatizes the principle that “there are no conflicts of interest among rational men, men who do not desire the unearned . . . men who neither make sacrifices nor accept them.” Elucidate and concretize this principle using examples from both Atlas and real life.


First place: $2,000 cash plus
publication in TOS
Second place: $750 cash
Third place: $300 cash


The contest is open to anyone aged 18 years or older.

Submission Deadline and Announcement of Winners

Essays must be received by August 15, 2011. Winners will be announced on October 15, 2011.

Specifications and Formatting

Essays must be in English, between 1,500 and 3,000 words, and submitted either electronically in a Microsoft Word document to[email protected] or on paper via snail mail to The Objective Standard, P.O. Box 5274, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

All text must be 12-point Times New Roman; lines must be double spaced; the first line of each paragraph must be indented; and pages must be numbered in the lower right-hand corner. Citations must be placed in endnotes and formatted in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition.

Essays must be original material written by the entrant and must not have been published elsewhere.

Essays must include a separate cover page on which the author’s name, email address, snail-mail address, and phone number are listed. Neither the author’s name nor any other identifying information should be included on any pages other than the cover page. This is crucial to the judging process.

The title of the essay (but not the author’s name) must appear at the top of the first page of the essay text.


Essays will be judged blindly by a three-judge panel. Cover sheets and all identifying information will be removed before essays are distributed to judges. Judges will look for clarity, concretization, logical organization and flow.

Additional Information

For more information write to [email protected].


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