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Nichrysalis has started a donation pool!
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Any points donated will go towards offering prizes for Fixed Form Fiestas.

For every 2000 point increment reached, a new Fixed Form Fiesta will be held!


0 - Haiku Sonnet by Nichrysalis May 2014 Winners
2000 - Poll Poetry by Solarune September 2014
4000 - Nested Villanelle by jswebb TBD
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Nic Swaner
Artist | Student | Literature
United States
Artist's Statement 10/25/2011

Nic Swaner is a studying graphic designer, and a budding young writer whose concepts and syntax require a rush of blood and breath to the lungs. For inspiration he need not look far from the cyclopean sun, feel the displacement before the epilepsy, synthesize some synesthesia, or recall the origami folds his hands have memorized throughout the years.

Nic is almost entirely self-taught in the ways of writing and in doing so has created a style all his own. His medium is mainly through poetry, short stories and articles for websites; he excels in portraying his thoughts and ideas in a world of complex and harmonious verbiage. He is always whittling away at several works of writing that will be submitted to free publishers or magazines. Nic will always be happy to edit and critique your writing, whether it's poetry or prose. Contact him at

Nic is currently studying graphic design and the fundamentals of art. He has always emphasized the power of concept over complexity, and have maximized color and composition to their utmost potential. He prefers to work with photomanipulations and typography to portray his concepts. He is always open to critique from his peers. Other artistic endeavors from Nic include folding origami, film photography, darkroom artwork such as photograms, and music production.


Nic lives in Chicago, Illinois, but his hometown is Robinson, Illinois. He likes Progressive Rock and Underground Rap music. Marcus J. Ranum is his most adored photographer. Samurai Jack is his favorite cartoon character along with Ed, Edd, and Eddy. His favorite ice cream flavor is French Vanilla. He has a mild form of sound to color synesthesia for melodies and believes the song Echoes by Pink Floyd is green.

"The world is only as old as the person to whom you speak." - Nic Swaner


Fixed Form Fiesta II - Poll Poetry

Fri Aug 29, 2014, 10:10 AM
Hi deviantART writers!

I have decided I will be hosting very small contests periodically to promote fun, outrageous, and amusing fixed forms of poetry to show that forms in poetry are not stiff, old, or broken. Along with the entertainment of writing an enjoyable form of poetry, there will be prizes. The catch? These contests will only be held every time my donation pool breaks a 2000 point increment. We've broken that second benchmark and it is time for a second fiesta for a fixed form.

There are a slew of intensive contests booked from September through to October, so I will be saving jswebb's nested villanelle poetry form for another fiesta. This time, we will be doing something that requires a bit more... randomness and cooperation.  We will be doing Poll Poetry.

What is Poll Poetry?

Poll Poetry is a poem where each line in a poem is a voting option in a poll or survey. The results from voters then rearrange the lines from most voted to least voted to give the poem its new order of lines. This allows the writer to think outside the box and forces them to adjust to unexpected results when writing the final poem. It's all part of the fun!

You might be thinking that only premium members can post polls, and this is true. Because of this, I am asking everybody to use the following site to create their poll for their poem.

Follow them

:bulletblue: You must use poll-maker to create your poll.

:bulletblue: Poll Poems must have be between 8-16 lines, meaning a minimum of 8 poll options to vote on or a maximum of 16.

:bulletblue: You are free to use whatever options the site allows (the 'other' option and allowing voters to select multiple options for example) but your results must be visible to everybody.

:bulletblue: Your poll must be up for at least 24 hours and have 8 responses from people besides yourself before you may compose your poem based on the order of responses. However, you can wait longer and have as many more people than that vote as you'd like. Be sure to promote your poll wherever you can, anywhere and everywhere, even here to make sure this happens!

:bulletblue: For this contest, a line of poetry is considered at least 4 words or more.

:bulletblue: You are allowed to adjust the beginning or ending of a line of poetry, to make it fit to your wishes but the original line itself must remain mostly intact.

:bulletblue: You can only submit one entry for the contest, but you may make as many different polls to base your poem on as you like.

:bulletblue: Please take a screenshot, or at the very least, a tally of the votes of your results at the time of your writing of your poem. Post your written piece as a literature deviation and note your screenshot or vote tally, your literature deviation and the link to your poll to myself, Nichrysalis. You get one entry, make it count. I will be collecting the entries here:…

:bulletblue: This contest will be closed to entries Sunday the 14th of September 11:59 PM CST.

Judging will be done by myself and TwilightPoetess. Entries will be judged by two qualities: their creativity and the final poem.


As always with the fixed form fiestas, the prize pools aren't necessarily large, but tend to grow with donations over time. If you would like to donate a prize, comment below!

First Place
800 points, custom origami book and feature from Nichrysalis

Second Place
600 points and feature from Nichrysalis

Third Place
400 points and feature from Nichrysalis

All participants
Feature from Nichrysalis

Questions or comments? Not sure your poll fits the rules? Just ask. Make sure to :+fav: the article and share with others. The more the merrier! Good luck!

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DoloriferousFrost Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  New member Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much for the Watch :)
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Student Writer
My pleasure as well.
HopesForFun777 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Ilove your bitlets!
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Writer
I love your icon!
xXI-Feel-InfiniteXx Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the fave on 'Cyclical Love' :heart:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Writer
hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Nic, thank you for the :+favlove: on "Caitlin!" :iconsweethugplz:
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Writer
relativi-t Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Student Writer
Thanks for the favorite! :D
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Writer
Welcome. :)
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