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2018/05/15

Grand Tournament 2018 - Schedule *subject to change*

This is the tentative schedule, assuming that we'll have a full program for each event.
Venue A - The Local 135 6th St NW
Venue B - IKON Images Art Gallery 221 5th St NW
Venue C - Avenue Arts & Kathleen Howland Theatre 324 Cleveland Ave NW (there will be an upstairs and downstairs stage in use depending on the physical abilities of competitors)

Friday July 27th
6:30pm - Venue A and B - Soundcheck
7pm - 9pm - Round 1 Venue A (2 Minute round, Max 30 entrants)
7pm - 9pm - Round 1 Venue B (2 Minute round, Max 30 entrants)

Afterward, attendees and competitors are invited to partake of the local night life. Canton, Ohio has many wonderful bars and restaurants close to the venues.

Saturday July 28th
10am - Vendors set up on Court Ave
11am - Vendors open for business on Court Ave
11:30am - Venue A, B and C - Sound check @
12-2pm - Round 2 Venue A (3 Minute round, Max 20 entrants)
12-2pm - Round 2 Venue B (3 Minute round, Max 20 entrants)
12-2pm - Sonnet Slam Venue C (Max entrants undetermined)

2-3pm - Lunch break - Please partake of our vendors as well as the local restaurants and eateries.
3-3:30pm - Venue A, B and C - Open stage - Short poems, share the stages. Chill time.
3:30pm - Venue A, B, and C - Soundcheck

4-6pm - Round 3 Venue A (4 Minute round, Max 15 entrants)
4-6pm - Round 3 Venue B (4 Minute round, Max 15 entrants)
4-6pm - Haiku Joust Venue C (Max Entrants undetermined)

6-7pm - Dinner Break, Page Judge Dinner 

7pm - Finalists Announced (probably online, Writing Knights booth on Court Street)

7:30pm - Venue C - Soundcheck
8pm - Vendors may start clearing out, but are welcome to stay til 10pm
8-10pm - Final Round Venue C (5 Minute round, Max 12 entrants)
10-10:30pm - calculating/talk among yourselves
10:45ishpm to End - Awards Ceremony Venue C

After the Awards Ceremony, attendees and contestants please partake of the local night life. Canton, Ohio has many wonderful bars and restaurants which are accommodating of most dietary restrictions.

2018/05/09

Grand Tournament 2018 - Personnel We Still Need *subject to change*

We still need to fill the following positions. 
Compensation, if any, will be listed with the positions.
If you are interested in one or more of these positions, email writingknights@live.com Subject line: "Grand Tournament Personnel - [Position(s)]"
In the body of the email give us a quick paragraph about why you'd be good at that position, we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are trying to fill these positions.
We will likely need you both days July 27 and July 28 depending on what position(s) you are interested in.

Host - 1 position open
Duties:
 - This person will be needed to help conduct the Haiku Joust and the Sonnet Slam and may be asked to fill in if one of our two other Hosts is unable to attend to their duties.
 - This person will also be asked to judge the Page round after all of the Stage round scores are in.
Compensation:
 - This person will be compensated with dinner on the 28th as all Page judges will be sequestered for their judging.
 - This person will be given 1 $5 food voucher for food vendors at the Grand Tournament.
Note:
 - This will disqualify you from entering the Grand Tournament.

Venue Assistants - 3 positions open
Duties:
 - They will help the host in any way they need whether it is keeping time for performers, holding a camera or taking money at the door.  Basically any way the host of the venue needs help, that's your job.
Compensation:
 - Depending on the need of Page judges, Assistants may be asked to also judge the Page round.
 - If the Assistant is asked to help judge the Page round, they will get free dinner while everyone is judging the Page round.
 - These persons will be given 1 $5 food vendor voucher.
Note:
 - This will disqualify you from entering the Grand Tournament.

Page Round Judges - Min. 0 - Max. 4 positions open.
Duties:
 - These judges will be asked to consistently judge the written word of the top scoring Stage performers from 0-10.
Compensation:
 - Page round judges will be sequestered for dinner break on the 28th and provided free dinner while they read the written entries.
 - This person may also be asked to be a Stage round judge and will be given up to 3 $5 food vouchers for each Stage program judged.
Note:
 - This will disqualify you from entering the Grand Tournament.

Stage Round Judges - Min. 10 - Max. 45 positions open
Duties:
 - Minimum of 3 judges per program. These judges will use their powers of deduction to determine an anonymous, consistent 0-10 score for each performer they hear and are asked to judge.
 - A Stage round judge may judge in up to 4 programs, but we would be happy with someone who judge at least 1 program.
 - Listen to Host instructions as they pertain to performers and any scoring procedures.
Compensation:

 - If a Stage judge is asked to be a Page judge as well, they will get free dinner while all the Page judges are working.
Note:
 - This will disqualify you from entering the Grand Tournament.
 - You will still be asked to pay the $5 admission fee for the event.
 - If the organizers know you are a friend of any of the competitors we will do our utmost to make sure you are not judging any program with those friends in it. 

Audio Visual Crew - 1-3 positions open
Duties:
 - Set up, tear down of AV Equipment, including, but not limited to video cameras, microphones, and speakers (please insert proper technical terms where applicable).
 - May also be called upon in a Venue Assistant capacity.
Compensation:
 - Free admission to the Grand Tournament weekend event. $80 for the crew to be split as the crew sees fit.
 - $5 food vendor vouchers for each member of the crew.
Note:
 - This will not necessarily preclude you from competing in the Grand Tournament, however, you will likely be scheduled to perform in a venue different from the one you've set AV. 

Photographer(s) - 1-3 positions open
Duties:
 - Capture the event in it's most real essence. Candid shots, performer photos after their sets. Slice of Tournament Life images are all encouraged.
 - May also be called upon in a Venue Assistant capacity.
Compensation:

 - $5 food vendor voucher.
Note:
 - This will not necessarily preclude you from competing in the Grand Tournament, unless you are involved in judging in some capacity.

Scorekeeper - 1 position open
Duties:
 - After each preliminary program, the Scorekeeper will calculate and amend the running totals of performers and determine the top scorers for judging in the Page round.
 - After the Page judges have made their determinations, the Scorekeeper will calculate which performers advance to the finals by both the Stage and Page round scores.
 - During the finals, the Scorekeeper will keep a private, but running total of the scores to facilitate the easy delivery of the final results by the end of the event.
Compensation:
 - This person will be given a free dinner on the 28th as part of the Page round judging.
 - This person will be given a $5 food vendor voucher.
Note:
 - This will not necessarily preclude the Scorekeeper from competing in the Grand Tournament, however, their particular scores will be calculated and verified by two of the Tournament organizers. 

Promotion Team - As many positions open as we can find hands for flyers
Duties:
 - This will be the team that goes into different areas online and in person spreading flyers and talking up the Grand Tournament to everyone who might possibly be interested.  We want whomever wants to enter, any style, any genre of performer in the 5 categories.
Compensation:
 - The eternal gratitude of Writing Knights and a potential paying feature at a later Writing Knights event.
 - You may be asked to take up other positions when the actual tournament happens and will be privy to the compensation found in those positions.
Notes:
 - This position on its own will not preclude you from entering the Grand Tournament.

Grand Tournament 2018 Overview *subject to change*

In years past, the Grand Tournament has appealed to those who wished for their work to showcase their page prowess primarily, before bringing their words to the stage.

This year, we're flipping the script and allowing performance to pave the way to our contestant's written merit.

The potentiality this year is HUGE with an additional main category, side events, and vendors, all potentially on the docket with some altered rules.

Entries Open: March 3rd, 2018
Entries Close: June 2nd, 2018

Some changes we are making this year:
Number of Main Categories: 5. Poetry, Music, Storytelling (fiction), Storytelling (nonfiction), Comedy
*please note* if we do not get enough performers to compete in a category, the entrants may be absorbed into the closest relative category.
Admission Fee: $5 per category a Performer/Group wishes to enter. $20 for a Team of up to 5 different Performer/Group, or a performer who wants to enter all five categories. (Performer/Group/Team explained here)
Round Progression: Explained here
Rules: Explained here

Side competitions: Haiku Joust, Sonnet Slam
Favorite of Event Categories (Audience Voting): Favorite Performer/Group; Favorite Team; Favorite Outfit/Costume/Garb; Favorite Prop; Favorite Line, Tournament Underdog, Most Community Minded Performer/Group/Team.
Best of Event Categories (Quantifiable): Highest Scoring Performer/Group (highest scoring of the first round of all categories and side events); Highest Scoring Team (first round and side events).

Grand Tournament 2018 - Rules *Subject to Change*

Every great competition has rules, we're going to try to keep ours simple.

1. Each Stage Round is certain length 2, 3, 4, 5 minutes. There is NO grace period. Once the host says stop, performer/groups must stop. If they do not, they will be disqualified, no appeals.

2. There will be up to 5 categories in the competition: Poetry, Music, Comedy, Storytelling: Fiction, and Storytelling: Nonfiction.  A minimum of 5 Performers/Groups must be entered for a category to be included. If any categories do not reach 5 Performers/Groups they will be parlayed into the closest relative category.

3. One prop per performer/group per round. For the Music category, this does not count instruments. Non-Music categories may incorporate an instrument, but the organizers must be notified before June 2nd.

4. Any Performers/Groups who make it to the 4 minute Stage Round should give their 5 minute Stage Round written manuscript to the Host of their venue for review pending the final score of the round. 

5. Anyone found in violation of the Events Rights and Expectations will be disqualified and expelled from the event.

Grand Tournament 2018 - Round Progression *Subject to Change*

After some consideration, the Writing Knights staff has come to a decision on the competition format.  To streamline the formerly complicated round set up, we have developed a new format.

Round One: 2 minute Stage Round 
 - Maximum entrants 60 divided between 2 Venues.

Round Two: 3 minute Stage Round
 - Maximum entrants 40 divided between 2 Venues.

Round Three: 4 minute Stage Round
 - Maximum entrants 30 divided between 2 venues.

Final Round: Page Round 
 - The top scorers from the previous Stage rounds will have their 5 minute manuscripts read by the Page Judges and incorporated into their finals score.

Final Round: 5 minute Stage Round 
 - Maximum entrants 12 or 15 depending on how many categories are represented.
 - Each category represented will have at least 3 entrants.
    - If 4 or 5 categories are represented there will be 3 entrants per category.
    - If 3 categories are represented there will be 4 entrants per category.
    - If 2 categories are represented there will be 6 entrants per category.
    - If only one category is represented there will be 12 entrants in the category.


Scoring is cumulative and by the organizers' proprietary rubric. Scoring updates will be provided online.