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The Grand Tournament: Rules *subject to change*

To commemorate the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Writing Knights Press performances, we are putting together the first of many annual events, The Grand Tournament.

We believe that poetry should work well both on page and on stage. To better convey this, The Grand Tournament is designed to get the best of the best of poetry and bring them forth to the public. 

The rules set forth are subject to change since we've never taken on a project this large as of yet. Any suggestions you may have, please share them with us at we are always willing to hear what our friends and colleagues have to say.

First Round - Manuscripts
1. Entries will be accepted from May 25, 2012 to June 25, 2012. Send all entries to
2. Poets should compile a manuscript of around 300 LINES of poetry. A LINE is maximum of about 12 words long for the purposes of this contest. If the poet is primarily a prose-poetry writer this would come to about 3600 words.
3. These manuscripts will be judged by five qualified poetry judges on a 0-10 scale.
4. The top five scoring manuscripts will move onto the second round.

Manuscript Notes
1. Please provide unpublished material or material that has been published for over 12 months.
2. Send the manuscript as an attachment. Label the manuscript file as "Grand Tournament Entry" leave no identifying notations in the entry. Judges will be reading the manuscripts anonymously.
3. In the body of the email please include: Name (Pen Name and Legal Name), Address (Email and Snail Mail), Phone Number, and a List of Pieces included in the manuscript. Do NOT include the List of Pieces in the attachment.

Second Round - Performances
1. The five Top Scoring manuscript writers will be invited to perform their submitted manuscript at the Grand Tournament event July 28th, in Lakewood, Ohio.
2. Five judges will be chosen to score the performances on a 0-10 scale.
3. The highest score of the performance round and the manuscript round will win. If there is a tie, the performers in question will be given a 1 minute lightning round to decide the winner.

Performance Notes
1. One prop will be permitted per performance.
2. Approved props include, but are not limited to: masks, walking staffs, stage blood, riding crops, whips under 3 feet long.
3. If a performer makes a mess they will be required to clean it up. Any performer that does not clean up after themselves will be disqualified.
4. Not approved props include, but are not limited to: musical instruments, other people, non-service animals, apparatuses of a strictly sexual nature (stimulation devices, gags, fuzzy handcuffs, etc).
5. *Important* If you will be unable to travel for the second round it may not be prudent to submit to this contest.

1. The winner of the competition will be offered a full length, perfect-bound book deal with Writing Knights Press.
2. The four runners up each will be offered a chapbook deal with Writing Knights Press.

3. Honorable mentions from the First Round may be invited to submit chapbook manuscripts.
4. Judges will be asked to pick one or two pieces from each manuscript for inclusion to the first issue of "The Squire" serial anthology.

Merchandise: Poets who wish to sell merchandise should email for further details as it pertains to individual consignment agreements between the poet and the venue.

More will be added as necessary...

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