Can you please define what a poet is without access to their local slam?
If multiple poets do not have access, is priority then given by distance? If multiple poets from the same city without access register, is preference given to distance from their house address to Cleveland, or is it then settled by order received?
The thing is, you're saying this is how it's been for years, but this is clearly not the case, as in Berkeley MANY poets who slammed and lost their local qualifiers (or didn't even make their iWPS final) were given priority over poets without access to a venue.
Also, can someone please explain to me the logic behind "distance from host city?" Why does someone from Los Angeles get priority over someone from Denver or New York? It this rule designed to keep a huge rush of local storm poets from signing up (which happens anyway)? This rule just seems completely arbitrary and nonsensical.