Contingencies 2023–2024 Fiction Contest Share Name Email Phone Upload file One file only.256 MB limit.Allowed types: gif, jpg, png, bmp, eps, tif, pict, psd, txt, rtf, html, odf, pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, xml, avi, mov, mp3, ogg, wav, bz2, dmg, gz, jar, rar, sit, svg, tar, zip. Contingencies 2023–2024 Fiction Contest —OFFICIAL RULES— Who May Enter. Contingencies 2023–2024 Fiction Contest (the “Contest”) is open to anyone who is at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of the American Academy of Actuaries (“Academy”) and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as immediate family and household members of each such employee, are not eligible. Description of Subject Matter. Subject matter of the entries must have a central theme of risk and must be fiction. Entries must be a typed Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document, 8.5” x 11” format, written in English, and be no more than 3,500 words in length. Anonymous Judging. The judges will not know the name of the entrants when judging the writing to ensure objectivity and the perception of fairness. Therefore, entrants should include a cover page with the entry that includes the title and name of the author and current email and mailing address and other contact information. The author’s name should not appear on the actual text of the document so that the judges may review the entries anonymously. Original Entries. All entries must be original and unpublished and be solely the work of the named entrants. The entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Academy for any damages resulting from copyright infringement or plagiarism in connection with the use of the submitted entries. Publication and Rights. All entries become the property of the Academy, and the Academy reserves the sole rights to publish any such entries on its respective websites or in print publications. None of the written entries submitted shall be acknowledged as received or returned to the entrants; therefore, entrants are encouraged to keep copies of their work. How to Enter. Email: Send your entry as an Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail-in: Send your printed entry to American Academy of Actuaries, C/O Eric Harding, 1850 M Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. Website: Attach your entry as an Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word document via the Academy website (actuary.org/2023contest). Contest Period. The Contest begins on August 1, 2023, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and ends on May 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (the “Contest Period”). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Winner Notification: The winner will be notified by email, mail, or phone on or about June 15, 2024. In the event that the winner is disqualified for any reason, the Academy will award the prize to a new winner from the remaining eligible entries. Description of Judges and Criteria for Judging: All eligible Entries will be judged and scored by a panel created by the American Academy of Actuaries, who are looking for the most original, articulate, and inspiring story, based on the following criteria: originality (20 percent), clarity (20 percent), focus on topic/adherence to risk theme (40 percent), and language style (20 percent). All submitted stories must be fiction. Decisions of the panel are final and not subject to appeal or review. Prizes: One (1) winner will receive $500.00. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES AND ALL OTHER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PRIZE ACCEPTANCE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. THE PRIZE IS NOT TRANSFERABLE. Other Disclaimers: Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Academy, which are final and binding. Winning the prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules. It is the Academy’s policy to refrain from unlawful discrimination against employees and members on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, personal appearance, age, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, religious affiliation, matriculation, political affiliation, physical, mental, or emotional disability, source of income, place of residence, or unfavorable discharge from military service, as those terms are defined by applicable state and federal law. The selection of the contest winner is a subjective matter solely at the discretion of the described judges and no such writings submitted pursuant to this contest shall be construed as or represent any official statement, recommendation, or endorsement of the American Academy of Actuaries as a whole. None of the writings submitted or published pursuant to this contest shall be considered as representative of “generally accepted” practices or “best practices” for actuaries under any applicable laws, rules, or regulations. None of the writings submitted pursuant to this contest is promulgated by, or endorsed by, the Actuarial Standards Board, is not an actuarial standard of practice, is not binding upon any actuary, and is not a definitive statement as to what constitutes generally accepted practice in the subject matter of the writings. I have reviewed the Official Rules and agree to the contest's rules and conditions.