Ends on December 31, 2016
Are you eager to advocate for Ayn Rand's ideas on campus using your unique voice? Excellent!

ARI's fall 2016 College Writing Contest will award $1,500 in prizes to the authors of the best published pieces of writing that present, explain, apply or promote any aspect of Ayn Rand’s distinctive philosophy of Objectivism. You could win a $1,000 grand prize, $350 second prize or $150 third prize! Additional prizes may be awarded at our discretion for outstanding work, and your efforts could earn special recognition in an ARI forum. The deadline to enter is December 31, 2016.
Entries can be articles, op-eds, letters to the editor or blog posts published by a student in any serious collegiate press (paper or online) such as a university journal or newspaper, or a student magazine such as The Undercurrent (including entries from TU's #CapitalistAndProud campaign). Pieces that have been accepted by a press but are forthcoming are also eligible.
The following criteria inform our evaluation of submissions:

  • Relevance and importance of the topic and message
  • Understanding of the ideas
  • Quality and effectiveness of the writing
  • Caliber and circulation of the publishing press
Entry into this contest is not necessary to win, however your writing can only be considered for an award if we are aware of it. To ensure your published piece is considered, use this form to provide a brief statement of purpose (3-10 sentences) that links to your piece and addresses the following questions: 1) What is your piece’s topic and main message; 2) Who is its target audience; and 3) Why do you think it is important to reach this audience with this message? If your piece is not freely available in full online, include a final draft of the piece and proof of its publication (or forthcoming publication).

Remember to enter by December 31, 2016 (midnight Pacific Time)! Reach out to us at clubs@aynrand.org with any questions you might have along the way. We look forward to reading what you write!

Winners will be notified by January 18, 2017, and will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

Use this form to submit your personal statement and essay for your seasonal internship application. Please submit the documents at the same time, using a single form. In addition, you'll need to fill out ARI's online application form if you haven't already done so, and apply to the Charles Koch Institute Internship or Fellowship Program

Questions? Contact us at intern@aynrand.org.