Can You Write a Bad Opening Line?

If you can, you might have a shot at winning the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Yes, this site actually looks for writers who can write the worst.

The contest looks for writers to submit really bad opening sentences to what we can only hope are imaginary novels, and it’s in honor of Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who famously wrote, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

Check out some of this year’s winners:, but be prepared to laugh and groan.

If you win, you won’t receive a big cash award, but you just may get your name in the paper, and isn’t there a saying about there’s no such thing as bad publicity?

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Where “WWW” means “Wretched Writers Welcome”




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