Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

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Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Postby mtebbe » Wed May 16, 2018 10:04 pm

I am pleased to announce Penn Bowl 2018 (Penn Bowl XXVII) for the Fall semester of 2018. We plan to run this tournament at the main site on October 20th.


This tournament will be written by writers from Penn. The tournament will be edited by a team of editors consisting of Eric Mukherjee, Jordan Brownstein, JinAh Kim, and Jaimie Carlson. Jaimie Carlson will be head-editing. There will be 15 packets of power-marked questions not longer than 8 lines (including bolding for power). The target difficulty is roughly the same as past Penn Bowls.

We are currently looking for a religion writer. If you are interested, please contact us at

The distribution we are using is as follows:
4/4 Literature (1/1 American, 1/1 British, 1/1 European, 1/1 World & Other)
4/4 History (1/1 American, 1/1 Continental European, 1/1 British+Classics, 1/1 World)
4/4 Science (1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1/1 Math and Other)
3/3 Arts
3/3 RMP
1/1 SS
1/1 Geography, CE, and Trash

Each packet will also have a tiebreaker tossup from literature, history, or science.


We are looking for mirrors in all regions. The mirror fee will be $40 per team. All mirrors of this tournament should aim to run on either October 20th or 27th, pending a confirmation of these dates.
At the main site, we will use the following fee structure:
Base fee: $120 per team
Working buzzer discount: $5 each
Approved moderator discount: $15 each
Travel discount: $10 (more than 200 miles one way according to Google maps)

If you have any questions, please contact

METHOD OF PAYMENT (borrowed from Cody Voight)

All teams must pay by the day of the tournament. We prefer to accept payment in person right before the tournament starts, but we will accept checks by mail ahead of time if your procedures require it. Teams who do not pay by the day of the tournament will be charged a $25 penalty and will have two weeks to pay their total amount before we start mailing letters to your school administration about it.

We can accept cash, personal checks, or checks from school, school district, or quizbowl club funds. We have no ability to process purchase orders or credit cards, but we will accept Paypal and Venmo. Bringing forms of payment outside of the three listed will be considered nonpayment and subject you to the $25 late payment penalty.

All checks must be made out to either "Nitin Rao" or "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" (must be exact wording). If you bring a check not made out to either "Nitin Rao" or "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania" and have no other method of paying for the tournament, you will be subject to the $25 late payment penalty. If you require a pre-tournament invoice or W9 in order to have a check cut, let us know early enough for your school to process the payment. We can generally send you an invoice the same day.


Please contact if you're interested in hosting a mirror or have any other inquiries.

Current mirrors:
Upper Midwest:
Lower Midwest: Truman State, 10/27
South Atlantic: Auburn, date TBA
UK: Cambridge, date TBA
Minnesota: University of Minnesota, 10/20
Lower Mid-Atlantic:

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