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The Grand Tournament II: Rules

Grand Tournament 2013 Rules

To commemorate the Two Year Anniversary of Writing Knights Press events, we are preparing the Second Annual Grand Tournament. Poetry can only save you if it works on the page as well as on the stage. The Grand Tournament is designed to find the best writers AND performers in the global poetry scene.

First Round – On the Page
1. Entries will be accepted between March 2, 2013 and June 1, 2013. Any entries sent before or after these dates will be discarded unread.  All entries should be sent to
2. Poets should compile a sample manuscript between 275 and 325 lines long including stanza breaks.  Manuscripts not within these parameters will be discarded unread. 
            a. For the purposes of this contest: A line is between 8 and 12 words long.
            b. Prose writers should submit between 2,750 and 3,250 words.
3. Material provided should be unpublished or not published during the last 12 months. 
            a. Previous contestants are welcomed and encouraged to enter the tournament, however;
            b. No previous pieces entered to the Grand Tournament will be considered.
4. The manuscript should be sent as an attachment in .doc, .rtf, or .txt file format ONLY. Any files in any other file type will be discarded unread.
            a. The file should be named “Grand Tournament Entry”. There should be NO identifying notations inside the entry of the identity of the writer, this includes lines in the pieces themselves.
            b.Exceptions can be made in the cases of ghazals (or other poetic forms of this nature) where the poet is expected to “sign” their work. However, the poet should make an effort to disguise their name. Example, “Azriel” could be disguised as “as real.”
5. In the body of the email include: Name (Pen Name and Legal Name), Address (email and snail mail), phone number, and the list of pieces included in the manuscript. Do not include the list of pieces in the manuscript attachment.
6. Manuscripts will be scored 0-10 by the five judges.

Second Round – On the Stage
1. The top five scoring manuscripts will be invited to perform their submissions at the Grand Tournament July 27, 2013 at Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
2. Only one prop will be permitted per performer.
            a. Approved props include, but are not limited to: masks, walking sticks, stage blood, riding crops, scarves, whips under 3 feet long.
            b. Any mess created by the performer or prop must be cleaned up, or the performer will be disqualified.
            c. 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).
3. Performances will be scored 0-10 by the five judges.
4. The highest combined score of the manuscript and performance round will win. If there is a tie, the performers in contention will be given a 1 minute lightning round performance to decide the winner.

1. The winner of the Grand Tournament will be offered a full length, perfect bound book deal with Writing Knights Press.
2. The four runner up competitors in the Second Round 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 consideration in The Squire: Grand Tournament II Anthology.

Notes to Potential Entrants
1. The performance will be held in Cleveland Heights, Ohio on July 27th, 2013. There will be no video conferencing or competing. If an entrant qualifies from the manuscript round and they are unable to be at the event location by 7pm July 27th they will forfeit all possible contest winnings.
2. Competitors in the Second Round who have merchandise are invited to sell it at the Grand Tournament event. Individual consignment agreements will be brokered between the poet, the organizers and the venue.
3. Traveling poets cannot be explicitly offered room and board. Arrangements may be made, but this will be on a case by case basis and are not guaranteed.
4. Family members, romantic partners, and current or former Writing Knights Press staff or current event judges are ineligible to compete.
            a. Past judges, their family members or romantic partners are eligible to compete as long as they are not disqualified in another way.

1. This year’s judges will be the same from the Page (manuscript) and Stage (performance) rounds.
2. Last year’s winner, Skylark Bruce, will be one of the judges, and the only judge revealed before the event itself.
3. Judges will score anonymously from each other and from the contestants in the Page and Stage rounds.
a. Scores in the Page round will be sent to the Event coordinator as they are tallied.
b. Scores in the Stage round will be kept secret until all five competitors have been scored.
c. It is up to the Judges’ sole discretion how they will score the contestants.
4. Judges will be requested, but not required to submit a piece for The Squire: Grand Tournament II Anthology.

1. All Entrants and Judges will receive a free copy of The Squire: Grand Tournament II Anthology.
2. All Finalists and Judges will receive a free copy of the winning full length book produced.
3. Entrants will be able to buy additional copies of The Squire: Grand Tournament II Anthology for a reduced price.

More details will be added as needs arise.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions may be sent to Any complaints, gripes or bitches can be directed to your own email address. We only accept constructive criticism.

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