Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner named

2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner named: "A SENTENCE in which tiny birds and the English language are both slaughtered took top honours in an annual bad writing contest.

Sue Fondrie of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, won the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for her sentence comparing forgotten memories to dead sparrows, said San Jose State University Prof Scott Rice. The contestant asks writers to submit the worst possible opening sentences to imaginary novels.

Fondrie wrote: 'Cheryl's mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.'"

Hat tips to Lawrence Person and Jeff Meyerson. Lawrence, a fellow blogger and occasional commenter here, received a dishonorable mention.


Gerard said...

Wisconsin Leads The Way.

XBadger said...

Thanks for the recognition, Bill. Never have I been so happy to be so bad.

Sue Fondrie

Deb said...

The sad part is, I believe all of us have read published works that contained lines of that calibre.