Lightning scratched across the sky like chalk
on a blackboard, and was just as irritating. Or perhaps ....
Typing isn't easy when you're a teddy bear with
Billy is more of a two-thumb typer and does like
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction
Goofy name for a contest right? So what is it all about?
(if you choose to accept it) is to write the opening sentence to the worst
of all possible novels.
How did this
"It was a
dark and stormy night..." is what many people quote when joking
about starting a mystery novel. Its original author is Edward George
Bulwer-Lytton, in the novel "Paul Clifford"
written in 1830. This dumb cliché is 173 years old! I wonder if Mr.
Bulwer-Lytton ever dreamed his bad sentence would become the basis for
future writers and be the name for such a bad writing contest? You
see, he is famous for "almost just right writing."
who thought of creating a contest where you are suppose to write
badly? The BLFC was started in 1982 by the English Department at San
Jose State University and the inspiration of Professor Scott Rice. For
an accurate description, further information or to enter go to the
The contest is
now over 20 years old and has resulted in 5 books compiling the
winning worst sentences as well as others. The books are all paperback
and published by Penguin Books. Here they are in the order in which
they were published, starting in 1984.
Was A Dark and Stormy Night - The funniest opening sentences from
the worst novels never written." - Scott Rice
of Dark and Stormy - Yet more of the Best (?) from the
Bulwer-Lytton Contest." - Scott Rice
of "It was a Dark and Stormy Night - More of the Best (?)
from the Bulwer-Lytton Contest." - Scott Rice
was a Dark and Stormy Night: The Final Conflict - Yet more of the
Best (?) from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest." - Scott Rice
and Stormy Rides Again" - Scott Rice
I had to use Bookfinder.com
to acquire the older books no longer in print.
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