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2016/05/08

Grand Tournament V Rules

Grand Tournament 2016 Rules

To commemorate the Five Year Anniversary of Writing Knights Press events, we are preparing the Fifth Annual Grand Tournament. Words belong to everyone and pieces must work on the page as well as on the stage. The Grand Tournament is designed to find the best writers AND performers from all over the world!

This year we are adding a new category: TEAMS.
Teams can consist of 2-4 writers/performers.
There must be at least three team entries for this aspect of the competition to move forward.
Notations will be made where rules differ between Single and Team.

 
I Speak Hick
by 2015 Champion Alexis-Rueal
First Round – On the Page

1. Entries will be accepted between March 5, 2016 and June 4, 2016. Any entrants sending before or after these dates will be reminded of the deadline and their submissions discarded. All entries should be sent to writingknightspress@gmail.com. Subject line of emails should read "Grand Tournament 2016 - (Single or Team)".

2.
         a. Single entrants should compile a sample manuscript between 250 and 300 lines long including stanza/paragraph breaks. Page settings should be on documents set at 6" x 9" with all margins set at 1" with 12 point Times New Roman font. Manuscripts not in these parameters will be returned to the entrant and asked to be reformatted.
         b. Team entrants should compile a sample manuscript between 150 and 200 lines long including stanza/paragraph breaks. Page settings should be on documents set at 6" x 9" with all margins set at 1" with 12 point Times New Roman font. Manuscripts not in these parameters will be returned to the entrant and asked to be reformatted.
         c. Any combination of poetry and prose (fiction, nonfiction, etc) will be accepted. Just remember, if you advance to the second round, you will have to perform your entry. 
                   1. Each piece must be an original piece written by at least one of the entrants and by no one who is not listed on the entry. Example: Team has John, Joe and James. A piece written by John and Bob cannot be submitted.
                   2.
Concerning stanza breaks and lines between poems: put only ONE blank line between pieces. Do NOT go to the next page to start the next piece. The blank lines between stanzas, between poems and from the titles of pieces count as one of your lines. Title lines of your pieces also count as one of your lines.

         d. Contestants may enter both the Single and Team competitions for the Page round, but in the event one or multiple of the contestants advances to the Stage round they must make a choice between their Single entry or their Team entry. 
                   1. Pieces in a Single entry cannot be entered for a Team entry as well. 

Example:
Title of Piece>>>>>blank line between title and poem
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so is chocolate
>>>>>blank line for stanza break
Chocolate is brown
So are some dogs
Kittens are fuzzy
And so is Chewbacca
>>>>>blank line for end of poem
Title of next piece

3. Preferably, material provided should be unpublished or at least 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 (Microsoft Office 97-2003) file format ONLY. Files in any other format will be discarded unread and you will be asked to resubmit properly.
         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(s) (Pen Names and Legal Names of Entered Poets), At least one Contact Address (email and snail mail), a 25-50 word bio, a black and white author/team photo (this can be attached), at least one phone number, and the list of pieces included in the manuscript. Team entries should include the author(s) of those pieces. Do NOT include the list of pieces in the manuscript attachment.

6. Manuscripts will be scored 0-10 by the five judges by their own calibration.

Second Round – On the Stage
Cover A of Graffiti Wisdom
by 2012 Champion Skylark Bruce

1. The performance round will be held at Buzzbin in downtown Canton July 30, 2016.
         a. The top five scoring Single entrants will advance to the performance round.
         b. The top three to five scoring Team entrants will advance to the performance round.

2. Only one prop will be permitted per Single or Team entrant (one prop per team).
         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, audio/visual equipment, other people (non-Team members), 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 by their own calibration.

4. Finalists must perform the entire unedited submitted manuscript. They do not necessarily have to perform it in the order it is submitted, but no words may be changed between submission and performance.
 
5. The highest combined score of the manuscript and performance rounds will win. If there is a tie, the performers in contention will be given a 1 minute lightning round performance to decide the winner.

Prizes
Nothing, but Skin
by 2013 Champion Quartez Harris

1. The winners of the Grand Tournament will be offered a full length, perfect bound book deal with Writing Knights Press. This offer does not expire.

2. Winners will also receive a $100 Gift Card (one for Single winner, one for Team winner)

3. The runners up in the Second Round will be offered a chapbook deal with Writing Knights Press.

4. Runners up in the Second Round will also receive a $15 Gift Card.

5. Honorable mentions from the First Round may be invited to submit chapbook manuscripts.

6. Judges will be asked to pick one or two pieces from each manuscript for consideration in the Grand Tournament V Anthology.

Notes to Potential Entrants

1. Anyone from any country may enter the competition, but 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 by 7pm July 30th they will forfeit all possible contest winnings.
         a. Starting with the next highest scoring entrant from the manuscript round, alternates may be promoted to take the place of entrants who forfeit.
         Example: Jen and Jess score 6th in the team manuscript, but Joe and James cannot compete in the 2nd Round. Jen and Jess are promoted to the 2nd Round.

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. Scoring of this event is anonymous, but entrants who would like to see their scores and the judges notes may ask to do so AFTER the Second Round has completed.

5. 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.

Judges
Cover B of Graffiti Wisdom
by 2012 Champion Skylark Bruce

1. This year’s judges will be the same from the Page (manuscript) and Stage (performance) rounds.

2. Arrangements must be made, but last year’s winner, Alexis-Rueal, 2014 Champion Nkechi Edeh, 2013 Champion Quartez Harris, and 2012 Champion Skylark Bruce, will hopefully be four of the judges, leaving one spot open for a fifth anonymous judge.

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 Grand Tournament V Anthology.

Compensation

1. All Entrants and Judges will receive a free copy of the Grand Tournament V 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 Grand Tournament V Anthology for a reduced price.

More details will be added as needs arise.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions may be sent to writingknightspress@gmail.com. Any complaints, gripes or bitches can be directed to your usual venting board. We only accept constructive criticism.

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