ELIGIBILTY AND PRIZES
Open to all 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students worldwide.
Top Prize: $2,000; Second Prizes (3): $250; Third Prizes (5): $100
SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS
A) In the society of Anthem, individuals are persecuted for their pursuit of knowledge. Why do you think this is? What lessons can be drawn from Anthem about how we should think about the pursuit of knowledge in our world today, especially in the face of social opposition?
B) In what ways do you think people should be more like Equality 7-2521? In your answer, give examples of Equality's actions, character, or attitude that you think are good or admirable. Using experiences from your own life, explain why you think these actions or traits are good and worth emulating.
C) The people in the society of Anthem are taught to live by certain principles concerning what is good and evil, right and wrong. Do you think those who adhere to these principles are happy or unhappy? What lessons do you draw from this about how we should think about morality today?
RULES AND CRITERIA
A) Students are permitted to submit one entry per year.
B) Essays must be 600-1200 words in length and written in English only.
C) Essays must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.
D) Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view-not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophical meaning of Anthem.