The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest annually commemorates the very worst writing around. Today on The Rap Sheet, J. Kingston Pierce talks about this year’s (ahem) winners:
I’ve written at least a couple of times in the past about the notorious Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Held ever since 1982, this competition is named in honor (or should it be dishonor?) of Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, the English novelist-playwright who’s remembered best for the opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” The contest asks writers and aspiring humorists to submit what they think are the worst opening sentences for books that (let’s hope) will never see print.The full piece is here.