One-Minute Book Reviews

August 15, 2008

Is This Writing Worse Than Any Delete Key Award Winner’s? The Bulwer-Lytton Contest for Bad Fiction Strikes Again

Filed under: Delete Key Awards,Humor,News — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 1:53 pm
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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 To read samples of the Delete Key Award winners’ bad writing, click on the Delete Key Awards tag at the top of this post.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Another hilarious winner. He probably tried to write “bad stuff.” The delete key finalists might have come up with more memorable work had they considered the well-known line: “When I’m good, I’m very very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”


    Comment by knightofswords — August 21, 2008 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, Malcolm. Wish copyright laws didn’t keep me from posting the Bulwer-Lytton winner here.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — August 21, 2008 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

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