Essay Competition

The authors of nohiggs.wordpress.com are launching an essay writing competition on the subject of strong interactions. Winners will be awarded cash prizes of at least $10,000 (USD).

Entry Conditions:
1.1. Entries shall be submitted on one of the following topics:
A.
A known phenomenon which contradicts the Comay model but is explained by QCD. You will need to show why this phenomenon indeed contradicts Comay model.

B.
A known phenomenon which is not explained by QCD but is explained by the Comay model.

C.
A suggested experiment which would disprove either QCD or the Comay model.

Entries that will not obey at least one of A,B,C above may be cancelled by the organizers. The entries do not need to be original; however, judges may give higher rank to entries with original content.

1.2. The essay has a 1,000 word limit (not including references) plus up to five diagrams plus up to 20 equations.

1.3. Every essay will have a ‘main author’ who will be accompanied by a ‘judge’. The main author will be the one writing the essay and the judge will be a part of a panel judging all entries.

1.4. Every essay will have a main author and possibly other authors. The main author will be the address for all questions pertaining to the entry and prize money distribution and won’t necessarily be the main contributor to the essay.

1.5. The main author must either have an MSc or PhD in physics.

1.6. The main author will choose a judge who agrees to judge in this competition according to the guidelines set herein.

1.7. Every entry must be delivered with a form signed by the judge. The judge needs to have PhD in physics and hold a position in an academic institute or be a professor emeritus in an academic institute. The judge will be part of the judging panel for the competition. The judge is not a part of the team of writers and will not take an active part in writing the essay. The judge will agree to judge up to 6 essays in this competition and can’t accompany more than one essay.

1.8. Entry into the competition is given based on early registration by the main author. Applications must be made no later than January 1, 2012. Upon completing the application process successfully, all relevant scientific materials will be sent to the main author.

1.9. The final application date for accompanying judges is February 1, 2012. Upon completing the judge registration, all relevant scientific materials will be sent to the judge.

1.10. The final date for submitting all entries is February 1, 2012, provided that the author and accompanying judge have successfully completed the registration process.

1.11. All entries will be submitted to the judging committee as PDF files using standard fonts.

1.12. Each main author may send up to 3 essays. Each essay should have a different accompanying judge.

1.13. The total number of entries is limited.

1.14. The organizers can cancel the competition if there are less than fifteen entries, or less than five have an accompanying judge from a recognized European academic institution, or less than five are from an American or Canadian academic institution.

1.15. The organizers can extend the application deadlines according to reasonable considerations.

1.16. Suitable applicants wishing to serve as judges but who are not accompanying entries are welcome to contact the organizers of the competition.

1.17. With the conclusion of the competition, the organizers may publish the essays submitted as well as the names of the authors and a list of the participating judges on their website.

Judging process:
2.1. In the first stage the organizers will divide all the entries into groups whereby each group will contain two or three essays. Each judge will receive a group of essays and will need to distribute 10 points between the two or three essays he received. The judge will need to assess and mark the entries within 30 days.

2.2. The organizers may add comments to some of the works before they send it to the judges for marking.

2.3. The judge will be able to add textual analysis to the essays that he is marking if he so wishes.

2.4. In the case of a delay in the judging, the organizers can extend the deadline or can judge the essays using other means at their disposal.

2.5. From within each group, the essay gaining the highest amount of points will automatically advance to the next stage. In the event that several of the entries receive the same amount of point, the organizers will independently decide which entries advance to the next round. The organizers can decide to add more entries to the next round when several entries get the same number of points or when the number of entries in the next level is not a multiple of 3.

2.6. In the advanced stages (the number of stages depends on the total number of entries) the judges will again receive three essays that they will need to judge in a similar manner identical to the first stage.

2.7. The judges will receive the essays without knowing the identity of the authors. Judges will not receive entries that they are accompanying.

2.8. The judging process will end depending on the original number of entries.

Prizes:
3.1. The sub total of all prize money will be at least $10,000 (USD). First prize will be at least $5,000, second prize at least $3,000 with third prize being at least $2,000. The prizes will be given to the main authors of the winning entries.

3.2. The organizers may try to acquire donations in order to increase the prize money and/or number of prizes. If they are successful, the organizers will distribute the additional prize money as they see fit either by adding additional prizes or by increasing each prize or a combination of both.

3.3. In the event that a number of entries receive a similar amount of points, the prize money will be shared equally.

3.4. Winners will be paid via PayPal or wire transfer.

I want to participate in the competition. What are the steps involved?
The reasonable steps are probably the following:
4.1. Send us a preliminary registration request. Our email is ofercomay at gmail.

4.2. We will send you some material to read. The material describes what Comay claims regarding the strong interaction.

4.3. You need to read this material.

4.4. You need to develop an idea which show one of the three options listed above (see 1.1 above).

4.5. During the development of your essay, you may consult with us (the organizers) or with any one you wish.

4.6. If you have a good essay and you want to submit it to the competition – you need to find a judge that will agree to participate according to the terms mentioned above.

4.7. You need to print a form for the judge. The judge will fill this form, sign it and you will scan this form.

4.8. You need to send the essay in PDF format plus the scanned judge form plus the application form.

4.9. We will send you a confirmation email shortly.

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