Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It Was a Dark and Stormy Contest

Once again, the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest has crowned a new ... er ... winner. In case you're too strong a writer to wonder about this, the Bulwer-Lytton is the Razzie Award of writing, the Harvard Lampoon of literary hackery, the ... oh, you get the idea.

It starts from the premise that "It was a dark and stormy night..." may just be the worst line ever written to begin a novel. Each year, aspiring literary spider monkeys (who like to toss around a bit of fecal matter) send out into the world their worst efforts at the opening line of a novel. (Apparently, you can make this shit up.)

No, I did not enter the contest.

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