ACF Winter

Last updated: October 31, 2021

ACF Winter is a medium-difficulty tournament (halfway between ACF Fall and ACF Regionals). It is meant for players with a variety of experiences: from players in their first semester of college quizbowl, to players who have been to ACF Nationals. ACF Winter was revived in 2020; the original iterations of ACF Winter were held in 2009 and 2010.

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2021 ACF Winter

2021 ACF Winter will be held on November 6, 2021.


2021 ACF Winter is head-edited by Tim Morrison and edited by Ethan Ashbrook, Vikshar Athreya, Nick Jensen, Joseph Krol, Angela Lin, Steven Liu, Benjamin McAvoy-Bickford, Eric Mukherjee, and Chris Sims. The subject breakdown by editor is:

Editor Subjects
Ethan Ashbrook European Literature, Mythology, Philosophy
Vikshar Athreya World History
Nick Jensen US History, European History, Other History, Earth Science, Other Academic
Joseph Krol World Literature, Visual Fine Arts, Other Fine Arts
Angela Lin US Literature, British Literature
Steven Liu Physics, Other Science
Benjamin McAvoy-Bickford Religion, Geography, Current Events
Eric Mukherjee Biology, Chemistry
Chris Sims Music, Social Science

Online format

We hope that ACF Winter can be held in person. However, we acknowledge that many schools are uncertain about the possibility of allowing large events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it is possible that some mirrors of ACF Winter will be held online, and we will work to create the most authentic and engaging quizbowl experience possible under these circumstances. We will continue to post updates as we learn more.


To register for 2021 ACF Winter, fill out the central 2021 ACF Winter registration form with all relevant information.

If possible, teams should register for the site that is geographically closest to them and/or is in the region they would normally attend.


The field for each site can be found here.


Team entry fee or discount  
Base fee per team $150
New to quizbowl discount −$100
Shorthanded discount (1–2 players) −$75
Travel discount −$10 per 200 miles traveled one-way
Buzzers −$10 per functional buzzer system
Staffers −$15 per staffer with functional laptop. Staffers must register with ACF in advance.

The “new to quizbowl” discount is for schools that have not sent a team to any mainstream collegiate academic tournament (not counting exclusively novice tournaments) since September 2020, and which have no players who competed in non-novice collegiate tournaments during that same period.

Host sites will bill teams as soon as possible after the teams register. Teams should pay their host sites by whatever method is convenient for the hosts, who will in turn pay ACF by check, cash, or PayPal.

See below for packet submission discounts.

The minimum fee is $0 per team.

Packet submission

Any team with at least two people on it who played a mainstream, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament* (either as a college student or as a high school student) prior to September 1, 2020, is required to submit a half-packet (unless it is a high school team attending a high-school-only mirror). Email if you are unsure whether your team is required to submit a half-packet. A team that is not required to submit a packet may submit an optional packet by the −$0 (no penalty) deadline for a $50 discount.

* For these purposes, all ACF tournaments, NAQT SCT (Division I or Division II), NAQT ICT, and typical college-level academic invitationals count as mainstream collegiate academic tournaments. Pop culture or “hybrid” tournaments, HCASC, and tournaments played on NAQT’s Collegiate Novice series sets do not count.

Here is the submission schedule:

Submission deadline Packet discount
September 5, 2021 −$50
September 24, 2021 −$25
October 3, 2021 −$0 (no penalty)
October 17, 2021 +$25
October 24, 2021 +$50

There is an additional $10/day penalty for each day after October 24th. If teams required to submit a half-packet have not submitted by October 31, they will be dropped from the tournament, with no exceptions.

If your team is going to submit a half-packet, whether required or not, email to request a distribution. All finished packets must be sent to that email before 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the day listed to receive the discount or penalty. Please send the half-packet in .docx format. The email subject line should list the name of the school, the team number (if applicable), and the words “half-packet.”

Tips and guidelines

  • Please make sure your questions are harder than questions in ACF Fall and easier than questions in ACF Regionals. 2019 EFT and 2020 ACF Winter are good difficulty targets. A majority of your tossup answers should conceivably be a tossup answer at ACF Fall.
  • Questions should be written in 10-point Times New Roman with one-inch margins. Although you may submit longer questions, tossups will be capped at seven lines. Each bonus part should be a maximum of three lines in length, with the majority being one or two lines long.
  • When writing bonuses, aim for the easy parts to be converted by around 90% of teams. The giveaways for tossups should also conceivably be answered by the majority of teams. While creative questions are great, don’t sacrifice playability for novelty.

More information can be found in ACF’s packet submission guidelines.


ACF Winter uses the standard ACF distribution, which is the same distribution as ACF Regionals.


For information on who is eligible to play ACF tournaments, see ACF’s official Eligibility Rules.


To staff ACF Winter, please fill out the staffer registration form.


If you are interested in hosting a mirror of ACF Winter, fill out this form. If you have any questions about hosting or about the form, email ACF’s Site Coordinator at and CC Hosts must abide by ACF’s Hosting Guidelines.


Mirrors will by default be regional. ACF reserves the right to move teams and staffers between sites. ACF intends to mirror 2021 ACF Winter in the following regions:

Region Site Type
Northeast Brown in person
Northeast Overflow Yale online
Upper Mid-Atlantic Haverford in person
Upper Mid-Atlantic Overflow NYU online
Lower Mid-Atlantic Virginia in person
Southeast and Florida Florida in person
Great Lakes OSU in person
Midwest Missouri in person
North Minnesota in person
South Central Oklahoma online
California and Northwest UCSD online
Eastern Canada Toronto online
United Kingdom Strathclyde and Oxford Brookes online
High school only National online (November 7)

High school mirrors

ACF Winter will be available for high school mirrors. If you want to host a high school mirror of ACF Winter, email High school mirrors are restricted to high school teams only; no college teams can participate.

If you have any questions, email

Past tournaments

Sample questions from previous iterations of ACF Winter are on the Collegiate Quizbowl Packet Archive.

Announcements and information about previous iterations of ACF Winter are archived below:

Dates of note

Event Date
ACF dates announced June 7, 2021
ACF Winter announced August 13, 2021
Bidding opened September 19, 2021
Bidding closed September 30, 2021
Host sites announced October 7, 2021
Registration opened October 7, 2021
Registration closed November 1, 2021
ACF Winter held November 6, 2021