The Fountainhead Essay Contest is for students of grade 11 and 12 worldwide.

Topics : Select ONE of the following three topics:
1. Compare Howard Roark and Lois Cook. Are they both individualists? Why or why not?

2. Why does Toohey support Keating’s career early on? What is Toohey’s purpose in promoting the careers of such mediocrities as Keating, Gordon Prescott, Lois Cook, Ike the Genius, and Gus Webb? In what way does his purpose integrate with his anti-Roark campaign? How does this issue relate to the wider themes in the novel?

3. Dominique Francon loves Roark yet struggles to destroy him. Why?


Children can take any of the topic above and write an essay in 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length and double-spaced. Only one entry per student is allowed.

FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
45 FINALISTS: $100

Participants can submit their essays online :

Or you can send your essays for this international contest to:
The Fountainhead Essay Contest
The Ayn Rand Institute
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044

Entry Deadline: April 26, 2014

For all other information regarding the rules and regulations of this International Essay Writing Contest visit the link above.

The Fountainhead Essay Contest for Students of Class 11 & 12
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