ACF Fall 2014

Hi quizbowl,This is the official announcement for ACF Fall 2014. The tournament will be happening the weekend of 11/8/2014.

This time is different

Over the last few years, there has been some desire to see the packet submission system changed. Particularly, we’ve seen that many teams who submit full packets never see their questions make it to the final set. We would like to see some change on that front.

What exactly is different?

There are 3 things that are different:

-Full packets are optional. You will only be required to submit half-packets.
-The editors will tell you what distribution your submissions should adhere to. We’ll have a clear picture on how this will work pretty soon.
-The discount/penalty schedule is slightly different pursuant to the half-packet requirement.

That’s it.

I have questions about this new initiative. Who do I contact?

Send emails to with any questions. We will be putting up an FAQ on this thread and on the website in the near future.

If you would prefer a public forum, please see this thread in the Collegiate Discussion section.

Other details


Gautam and Gaurav Kandlikar will be overseeing the production of the set.

Most of the editing will be done by Jordan Brownstein of the University of Maryland, Jacob Reed of Yale, Max Schindler of UChicago, Richard Yu of WUStL, and Ben Zhang of Columbia University.


Hosts finalized: None

Host bids sought: New England / Mid-Atlantic / South / Texas-Area / Great Lakes / Eastern Canada / North / Midwest / California / Northwest / United Kingdom

We are currently soliciting hosts for all the above regions. Hosting is a good way to raise money and get newer members of your club exposed to well-written, accessible quizbowl questions. If you are interested in hosting, shoot us an email at

Packet Submission

Any team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament prior to September 1, 2013 is required to submit a packet. High school players are included in this definition and are subject to the same discounts and penalties as college teams.

Please reference this flowchart for the packet-submission guidelines. The links in the diagram are clickable. If you have questions on thesubmission guidelines, email them to and we’ll clarify.

Please submit packets to and use “ACF Fall 2014: [Team Name]” in the subject line.

Submission schedule

Please refer to the below submission schedule:


Base fee: $120 for one team from a school, $240 for two teams from a school, etc.
Buzzer systems*: -$5 each
Staffers: -$10 each No maximum.
Laptop: -$5 each Maximum 1 per team.
Travel: -$10 per 200 miles traveled one way
International**: -$20
New to ACF teams***: -$25
New quizbowl teams****: -$75

* No discount for broken buzzers; no maximum.
** For teams representing schools located in a different country than the tournament host.
*** For schools which haven’t played an ACF tournament between September 2012 and August 2014, and have no one on the team(s) claiming this discount who played those tournaments for another school.
**** For schools which did not send a team to any regular collegiate academic tournament since September 2012, and have no one on the team(s) claiming this discount who played those tournaments for another school. May be combined with new ACF team discount for a total new-team discount of $100.

Packet Penalties

We have clear guidelines on what your submissions can or cannot be, with information on penalties for flouting the guidelines. Please follow them. We will enforce penalties.

Friendly Reminders

Please follow the processes and guidelines laid out by the editors and ACF.
Don’t talk about your submitted questions with anyone else until the editors tell you it’s okay.
Please follow past iterations of ACF Fall, eg. the 2008, 2009, 2012 versions, for an idea of what your submissions should be like.
If you think a particular topic you want to write on is too hard, it probably is. Write on something easier.
If you have any other questions, please give us a holler at

Update: Link to flowchart on the packet submission process has been added.