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Fiscal Fallout Contest FAQ

What are you looking for?

We want participants to have fun and be creative. This is an opportunity to personalize the debt and tell a story. Got a rap about the debt? Perfect, we want to hear it. The goal is to present the debt aside from the usual array of spreadsheets and papers. 

Who can enter?

The contest is open to current high school, undergraduate, or graduate students. Entrants must provide proof of their student status.

Can contest submissions be done in groups?

Yes, entries can be done individually or in groups of five students or less.

How will the winner be selected?

The winning entry will be a creative multimedia presentation on the fallout of a fictional fiscal scenario caused by our high and rising national debt.

Whether that is Social Security insolvency, sky-high interest rates, or the United States defaulting – the “fallout” is up to you! Leeway will be given so entries can be creative, while at the same time providing a realistic narrative of what could happen if we do not deal with our high and rising debt. Entries should also explain how the scenario could have been avoided. 

Where can I learn more about our debt and the consequences of a high and rising national debt?

Resources about the debt can be found under the resources section on the Contest website. Additional resources may be found by visiting the Campaign to Fix the Debt.

Do submissions have to be in a specific multimedia format?

No. Submissions can take on any multimedia format – podcast, song, audio file, video, powerpoint presentation. The format is up to you.

How long can submissions be?

Video submissions, podcasts, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, and all other multimedia presentations must be five minutes or less.

Will the winning submission receive a prize?

The winning entry will receive a $5,000 cash prize, with second and third places receiving $1,000 and $500, respectively. If the winning submission was a group effort, the prize will be split evenly among the group. The winning entry will be featured on the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

When is the deadline for submissions?

All submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 1, 2020.

When and how will the winners be notified?

All winners will be contacted via email by 12:00 p.m. ET on April 15, 2020.

I still have some questions. Who can I ask?

Please email Ben Tomchik at tomchik@crfb.org with “CONTEST QUESTION” in the subject line.

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