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Omaha WoW selection process 

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Omaha WoW selection process
« on: October 21, 2008, 09:06:12 PM »
Once per year (at our November 2008 slam, this year, competing for 2009 WoW), we take any women who sign up provided they have been to 2 previous Omaha or Lincoln, NE registered slams and agree they believe they can make WoW if they win.

Our format for the Finals:

Round 1: Regular (3-minute time limit, all times have a 10-second grace)
Round 2: 2-minute time limit
Round 3: Regular
Round 4: 4-minute
Round 5: Regular
Round 6: 1-minute
Round 7: Cover round (any poem, any poet (except your own work), no time limit)

Rotation will go:
7: DCBA   

Scoring: 5 judges will score 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place each round.  Not numbers 1-10, just 1, 2, 3, 4 (no ties allowed!).  Low score wins the round, the goal is to win as many rounds as you can.   High and low marks do get dropped, leaving the middle three.

Time Penalties: For every 10 seconds over time (and grace), 1 point is added to that round's total (so if the judges give you a 1st, a 2nd, a 1st, a 3rd, and a 1st, that leaves you a total score of 4 after the top and bottom scores are dropped. Each 10 seconds over then adds a point to that 4).

You automatically pull 5th place in a round if you go 1 minute over time in any round (yes, for the Regular rounds, that means at 4:00 not 4:10). A 5th place finish only affects you in case of a tie-breaker at the end of the night.

In a separate Final Score tally, you get (and, in ties, all get full points, even if the top 2 scores are a tie, the next score (technically 3rd place) gets the 2nd place score as their score is the 2nd highest:
   +10 points for first in a round
   +4 points for second in a round
AND you get extra-penalized for time penalties:
   -1 point at Time (+ grace), Time + 20 seconds, and Time + 40 seconds
   -4 if you hit a minute over the time limit (so -7 total at that point).

This Final Score tally determines the final results.  The judges scoring determines just those rounds.
See more Nebraska Poetry info at:
And Omaha Slam info at:
And Matt Mason whatever at: