Okay, the prose may not be as bad as that of Mitch Albom, Claire Messud and other finalists for the Delete Key Awards handed out by One-Minute Book Reviews every year on March 15. But today’s New York Times reports on the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest for bad writing, run by the San Jose State University English department, which asks people to submit bad opening lines for novels in a vareity of categories. The contest honors Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, whose novel, Paul Clifford, begins, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Read a hilarious winner here www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/arts/15arts-BADWRITINGIN_BRF.html?ex=1219464000&en=9aeb5c4ccc96874a&ei=5070&emc=eta1. To read samples of the Delete Key Award winners’ bad writing, click on the Delete Key Awards tag at the top of this post.
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