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Grand Tournament VI: Poetry Contest

Grand Tournament 2017 Rules

To commemorate the Six Year Anniversary of Writing Knights Press events, we are preparing the Sixth 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!

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

1. Entries will be accepted between March 4, 2017 and June 3, 2017. Any entrants sending before or after these dates will be reminded of the deadline and their submissions discarded. All entries should be sent to Subject line of emails should read "Grand Tournament 2017 - Poetry".

         a. 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. This round is strictly poetry (if you want to enter a Story, Click Here, or Music, Click Here)Remember, if you advance to the second round, you will have to perform your entry.
                   1. 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.

Title of Piece
<<<<blank line between title and poem
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so is chocolate
<<<< stanza break
Chocolate is brown
So are some dogs
Kittens are fuzzy
And so is Chewbacca
<<<<Title of next piece
3. Preferably, material provided should be unpublished or at least not published during the last 12 months.
         a. Previous contestants (including FORMER WINNERS) are welcomed and encouraged to enter the tournament, however;
         b. No previous pieces entered to the Grand Tournament will be considered.
         c. Individuals or groups of up to four may participate in this round.  The competition will not oversee who writes pieces for groups, but it's a good idea to have everyone involved.

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 - Poetry”. 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. 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 July 29th, 2017 at a location to be named later.  The top five scoring entrants will advance to the performance round.

2. Only one prop will be permitted per entrant/group.
         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-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.

Nothing, but Skin
by 2013 Champion Quartez Harris

1. The winners of the Grand Tournament will be get their choice in a release with Writing Knights. This offer does not expire.
         a. A full length, perfect bound book.
         b. A 5 track EP with a chapbook.

2. Winners will also receive a $100 Gift Card.

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 a corresponding anthology release.

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 29th 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 of current 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.

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. Writing Knights will be searching for 5 uniquely qualified judges to judge both the page and stage rounds. There will also be an alternate judge chosen in the event one of the judges cannot attend.

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 corresponding anthology.


1. All Entrants and Judges will receive a free copy of the corresponding anthology release.

2. All Finalists, other Entrants and Judges will receive free e-copies of the winning releases produced, with an option to buy a discounted copy of the release.

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 usual venting board. We only accept constructive criticism.

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