Speculative Spectacular Fiction & Art Contest

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The Society of Actuaries (SOA) Speculative Fiction Contest you know and love is back with new challenges and new prizes! This year we’ve introduced a Speculative Art Contest! The contest is proudly sponsored by the SOA Actuary of the Future Section and the Emerging Topics Community.

Contest overview:

The 15th Speculative Fiction Contest is the cornerstone of the Speculative Spectacular. Submit a narrative story that presents your vision for our actuarial future by March 15, 2023.

Entrants must submit a story in accordance with the following rules:

  • The story must include some sort of actuarial topic.
  • The story must not exceed 6,000 words.
  • Entrants must use their real name on the story for submission and for publication (if selected) and may not use a nom de plume.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Stories may be submitted in Microsoft® Word or PDF format.
  • Entrant must provide their name, phone number, email address, and the names and contact information for the co-authors, if applicable, on the entry form.
  • Entries are limited to one story per person.
  • By submitting a story, you are agreeing to provide the SOA with the right to publish your story, in accordance with Section 7(b).

 

Award

Prize

Judge

Criteria

First Place Package*

$400

Dr. Bob Mielke, Professor of English, Truman State University

Originality, creativity, writing style and inspirational value to actuaries

Second Place

$300

Prof. Mielke

Originality, creativity, writing style and inspirational value to actuaries

Technology

$200

Emerging Topics Specialists

What is the most unique use of technology in an actuarial setting? What new tech is imagined?

Actuarial Career

$200

Emerging Topics Specialists

What the is most unique actuarial profession of the future?

Futurism

$200

Emerging Topics Specialists

What the is most unique vision of the future?

People’s Choice

$100

SOA Member Votes

Discretion of the voters

Best First Entry

$100

Contest Coordinators

Discretion of the coordinators

Coordinator’s Choice

$100

Contest Coordinators

Discretion of the coordinators

* First Place Prize Package includes $400 + professional literary critique of your writing + actor read audio version of your story.

As in the past, all Speculative Fiction authors will receive words of advice from contest Judge Prof. Mielke!

 

The Speculative Art Contest is a chance to let your creativity run wild. This is for all written formats other than narrative fiction. Send us your poems, screenplays or comics. Alternatively, the contest is open to works of art. What does the future look like? What does it sound like? We want to see your visions expressed through photography, song, digital art, video or whatever media you feel inspired to produce. Turn in your submissions by March 15, 2023.

Entrants must submit in accordance with the following rules:

  • Creative entries can take the form of (1) creative writing in all forms other than narrative fiction such as poetry, screenplays, comics, graphic stories, etc. and (2) art in any medium such as digital graphics, photography, painting, sketch, sculpture, videos music, etc.
  • Videos and music are not to exceed three minutes.
  • Written submissions must be in English and not exceed 3000 words.
  • Entrants must use their real name on the submission form and any display.
  • Written entries may be submitted in Microsoft® Word or PDF formats.
  • Non-written entries must be submitted via a link (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.) or as a document or photograph and must include a brief written description of 30-50 words.
  • Entrant’s name, phone number, email address, and the names and contact information for any co-creators, if applicable, are required on the entry form.
  • Entries are limited to one art submission per person.
  • By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to provide the SOA with the right to publish, display, and reproduce your entry, in accordance with Section 7(b).

 

Award

Prize

Judge

Criteria

Best in Show (up to 10 awards)

$100

Contest coordinators and/or artistic actuarial volunteers

Originality, creativity, clarity of actuarial theme, and overall quality.

People’s Choice

$100

SOA Member Votes 

Discretion of the voters

Speculative Spectacular Official Entry Form