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Friday, August 8, 2008

Bulwer-Lytton Bad Prose Award

Statue of Liberty by Lori Greig Creative Commons

The 2008 winner of Bulwer-Lytton Bad Fiction Contest is Garrison Spik. Each year contestants attempt to write the worse opening line for an imaginary novel. Spik's winning entry is an homage to a New York love affair.

I must say, writing badly on purpose is better than recieving something like the Bad Sex in Fiction Award wherein published authors have their hot prose judged frigid. The 2007 award goes to Norman Mailer for his imagined conception of Adolph Hitler. No, I'm not making that up.

So go forth and sin no more people. Well, Mailer is dead, so I guess no worries there.


Tricia Sanders said...

Bad fiction huh? Maybe next year. Amazing what some people will strive for.

Tricia Grissom said...

Yeah. What does it say if you try to write badly and fail? Is that a bad thing?