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.
You must use poll-maker to create your poll.
Poll Poems must have be between 8-16 lines, meaning a minimum of 8 poll options to vote on or a maximum of 16.
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.
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!
For this contest, a line of poetry is considered at least 4 words or more.
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.
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.
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: nichrysalis.deviantart.com/fav…
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!
800 points, custom origami book and feature from Nichrysalis
600 points and feature from Nichrysalis
400 points and feature from Nichrysalis
Feature from Nichrysalis
Questions or comments? Not sure your poll fits the rules? Just ask. Make sure to the article and share with others. The more the merrier! Good luck!