I am very pleased and proud to announce that my entry into the 13th Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged, won first place, with a cash prize of $10,000. The results of the contest can be found here, along with the complete text of my essay. My congratulations go out to the other finalists in the contest.
I enjoyed the process of writing the essay from beginning to end. I love Atlas Shrugged and I loved having one more reason to think and write about it.
I thank everyone for their congratulations and I especially thank the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) and all donors to ARI for making opportunities like this possible.
Read Atlas Shrugged!
My essay contains references to major content from the end of the book, so do yourself a favor and don’t read my essay if you haven’t read Atlas Shrugged. If you want to read my essay (or even if you don't want to read my essay), I really encourage you to read Atlas Shrugged. Think you don’t have enough time to read? If you have an audio device or a CD burner, there may be a way around that. Audible, an excellent online company that sells audio books, runs a great deal through which you can get your first month of their service for free. This amounts to getting 2 free books which you can listen to on a compatible device (e.g., iPod or other mp3 player) or burn to CD for listening on your car stereo. If you don’t think the service is worth the cost (lowest plan is $15/mo.) you can always cancel the service before the end of the month, you’ll be able to keep the 2 free books, and you won’t be charged a cent (I happen to think that many of you will think the service is worth the cost). You can digest Ayn Rand’s masterpiece while you’re driving to and from work, or doing housework. [If you do download Atlas Shrugged from Audible, I really recommend that you download the unabridged version narrated by Christopher Hurt, rather than the unabridged version narrated by Scott Brick].