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NAQT writer applications are now open

Post by theMoMA » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:39 am

Hi all,

If you're interested in writing for NAQT, the application period is now open. We'd love to have lots of high-quality submissions to review this year. The last day to apply is July 31, but we accept on a rolling basis.

NAQT writers are currently paid up to $6.60 per tossup and $4.95 per bonus; those numbers will increase somewhat when the 2017-18 rates are set this summer.

Head over to https://www.naqt.com/jobs.html for more information. If you have any questions about the application process, shoot an email to applications@naqt.com (or andrew.hart@naqt.com if you want to contact me). Thanks!
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Post by theMoMA » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:59 pm

NAQT has announced its new payment rates for 2017-18. Writers will be able to make up to $7.25 per tossup and $5.45 per bonus in the coming year, beginning on July 1. (Each payment depends on question difficulty and writer experience; contact me at andrew.hart@naqt.com or NAQT at applications@naqt.com if you'd like more specifics.)
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Post by Sima Guang Hater » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:27 pm

theMoMA wrote:NAQT has announced its new payment rates for 2017-18. Writers will be able to make up to $7.25 per tossup and $5.45 per bonus in the coming year, beginning on July 1. (Each payment depends on question difficulty and writer experience; contact me at andrew.hart@naqt.com or NAQT at applications@naqt.com if you'd like more specifics.)
What are the entry and average rates? It's worth knowing how much writers can expect before committing to NAQT over PACE or HSAPQ.
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Post by Auks Ran Ova » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:49 pm

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:
theMoMA wrote:NAQT has announced its new payment rates for 2017-18. Writers will be able to make up to $7.25 per tossup and $5.45 per bonus in the coming year, beginning on July 1. (Each payment depends on question difficulty and writer experience; contact me at andrew.hart@naqt.com or NAQT at applications@naqt.com if you'd like more specifics.)
What are the entry and average rates? It's worth knowing how much writers can expect before committing to NAQT over PACE or HSAPQ.
Or in addition, of course; no need to make it an either-or proposition.
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Post by Cheynem » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:02 pm

Yeah, considering PACE runs one tournament a year, I don't think they have too many exclusive contracts.
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Post by jonah » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:42 pm

The lowest-end rates are $3.60 or $3.70 per tossup (depending on difficulty level/length) and $3 per bonus. If everyone stays in their current payment tier, in 2017–2018 most writers will make $4.30/$4.85 per tossup (depending on difficulty level/length) and $3.40/$3.70 per bonus (depending on difficulty level). The next tier up (also very common) is $4.85/$6.05/$3.90/$4.60.

As Rob and Mike said, it's not a dichotomous situation.
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Post by setht » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:41 pm

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:
theMoMA wrote:NAQT has announced its new payment rates for 2017-18. Writers will be able to make up to $7.25 per tossup and $5.45 per bonus in the coming year, beginning on July 1. (Each payment depends on question difficulty and writer experience; contact me at andrew.hart@naqt.com or NAQT at applications@naqt.com if you'd like more specifics.)
What are the entry and average rates?
I suppose any/all of this could change in 2017-18, but in 2016-17 what we did was: new writers automatically start out in the lowest tier, so the numbers Jonah quoted ($3.60 for middle school/IS-A level tossups; $3.70 for tossups at the regular IS level and harder; $3 per bonus) are the entry rates. Once a new writer has produced 40 questions, they get a formal review, at which time they can move to any tier (including jumping directly into the top tier, with the high-end numbers Andrew quoted). (And we also give advice on how to earn further promotions, if the writer didn't jump into the top tier. And we continue giving reviews periodically, when a writer has accumulated enough new questions since their previous review.)

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Post by sonstige » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:56 pm

setht wrote:(And we also give advice on how to earn further promotions, if the writer didn't jump into the top tier. And we continue giving reviews periodically, when a writer has accumulated enough new questions since their previous review.)
Hey Seth --- are these done automatically, or do writers need to request them?
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Post by theMoMA » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:59 pm

sonstige wrote:Hey Seth --- are these done automatically, or do writers need to request them?
Reviews are automatically scheduled; no request needed!
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Post by theMoMA » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:05 pm

More good news: NAQT has announced a major change that will significantly increase payments to writers who consistently produce questions. A writer who consistently produces N questions a week will get a bonus of N% on top of their writing payments, up to the maximum bonus for that writer's tier. For instance, an eligible writer who produces 30 questions a week will make a 30% bonus on each question. These bonuses will be automatically computed and paid, every writer is eligible to receive bonuses, and no additional sign-up is necessary for a writer to enter the program.

Starting July 1, NAQT writers will be able to make up to $10.15 per tossup and up to $8.47 per bonus.
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Post by theMoMA » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:56 pm

Just a reminder: applications are open through July 31. If you'd like to apply, please do so soon!
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Post by Scipio » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:22 am

So, what if you have been a writer in the past, but have not submitted in a while? Must one reapply?
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Post by SpanishSpy » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:23 pm

Would applying for a writer position prevent me from playing NAQT events with my team?
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Post by jonah » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:42 pm

Scipio wrote:So, what if you have been a writer in the past, but have not submitted in a while? Must one reapply?
It depends on various factors; please contact us at application@naqt.com to inquire.
SpanishSpy wrote:Would applying for a writer position prevent me from playing NAQT events with my team?
No. Writer accounts are set up so that they cannot see packet sets for events they plan to play.
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Post by SpanishSpy » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:30 pm

jonah wrote:
Scipio wrote:
SpanishSpy wrote:Would applying for a writer position prevent me from playing NAQT events with my team?
No. Writer accounts are set up so that they cannot see packet sets for events they plan to play.
Thanks. I will apply within the next few days.
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