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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Calling Good Writers Who Love to Write Bad

Today, I'm going over my favorite contest in the whole, wide world... well, next to Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Awards competition. I'm talking about the infamous Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest -- which was actually won by my friend Molly Ringle recently -- the lovely and talented author of The Ghost Downstairs.

Bulwer-Lytton is for anyone who can turn out a bad sentence, and I mean a really bad sentence. So, if you can't get anyone to recognize you for your great writing talent, try getting them to recognize you for your awful writing talent. Here are the rules according to their website http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/:


Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. Sentences may be of any length but they strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be "original" and previously unpublished. Mailed-in entries should be submitted on index cards, the sentence on one side and the entrant's name, address, and phone number on the other.


E-mail entries should be in the body of the message, NOT IN AN ATTACHMENT (and they say it would be really swell if you submitted your entries in Arial 12 point font). One e-mail may contain multiple entries. E-mail address: srice (the at thingy) pacbell (and the dot thingy) net

Entries will be judged by categories, from "general" to detective, western, science fiction, romance, and so on. There will be overall winners as well as category winners. The official deadline is April 15th, but the deadline may be extended as late as early June. The contest accepts submissions every day of the year.


Wild Card Rule: "Resist the temptation to work with puns like "It was a stark and dormy night.""


And as they say at their site, "Finally, in keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive . . . a pittance." (Plus LOTS of media exposure.) So, send in those entries:


Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Department of English San Jose State University San Jose, CA 95192-0090,


or If you send you entries electronically, don't do like me and forget to include your name, phone number, and addresses--(both home and e-mail). And they do mention that it is merely for contacting you and not passing on for public consumption). And though it might not seem like it, winning this is actually quite prestigious. Winners usually go on to be interviewed on TV, radio, and in newspapers. So, have fun and good luck in the competition.


Doralynn Kennedy

32 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

I've never heard of the contest but it seems like a lot of fun.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Molly won it in 2010. She was all over the Internet, on TV, and in newspapers. It's actually a pretty prestigious contest to win. Thanks for dropping it. Nice to hear from you.

jenny milchman said...

I know a few people whose entries I'd *love* to read! Yours is pretty good, though, got to admit...

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Jenny, thanks for visiting. Do you have a blog? I'd love to follow it.

Margaret Duarte said...

Hi Doralynn. I also love the ABNA contest, and I assume you entered this year, too. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and becoming a follower. Hope to join you and the others who make it to the next level of the competition next week.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Margaret, thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I entered my manuscript SPIDERS in ABNA. Hope it makes it past the pitch round... I'm not very good at query letters. I'll see if I can track down your entry so I can review it. Thanks again.

TirzahLaughs said...

Elvin was in mid-thrust, well no, he was in me but he was sort of, thrusting, at least rocking back and forth like granny after glacoma medicine, while being inside me, partially, sort of like a asmathic greyhound having a seizure half way through the dog door.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

HEY TIRZ!!! Talk about being happy to see someone... and that sentence... wow... that's just pure crap. Enter it at once!

hmmm... maybe I should rephrase that.

Anonymous said...

Hello from Canada. I see that you didn't write a blog about a new writing style. Maybe I'll do it. Best wishes in everything. Giora

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Giora... I haven't had time to get much writing done. It's nice to hear from you!

Liz Fichera said...

A contest that recognizes awful writing?! Intriguing.

Nice to meet you, Doralynn!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thanks Liz. I know... weird... and not only does it recognize awful writing, it's actually a very prestigious contest to win! Nice to meet you too.

Lisa Gail Green said...

How fun!! I might just have to take a look at that one... :D Thanks.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Lisa, it is fun. I had a blast writing up my awful sentences for the contest. Good luck.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Sounds like my kind of contest! Thanks for the 411; I'm definitely going to check out the site link.

So glad to have read your interview today and now to have found your blog. Looking forward to reading more from you!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thanks Nicole. Same goes for me!

Carol Kilgore said...

I've seen the sentences that won this contest before, but I've never tried to write one. Might be fun.

Lynda R Young said...

Sounds great. Thanks for the info :)

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Carol. Some of those sentences are really funny. My friend Molly won not long ago, and she was interviewed by radio, TV, and articles about her sentence were all over the internet. Thanks for your comment and the follow.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Lynda, I appreciate your comment and the follow. I'll be posting more contests shortly if you're interested. Thanks again. Doralynn

Deniz Bevan said...

Love this contest. Good luck with your submission!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thanks Deniz. If you entered, good luck to you as well.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

How interesting and fun! I've never heard of this contest, so thanks for this. And good luck to you!

Lynnette Labelle said...

I can only imagine the entries! LOL

Lynnette Labelle
www.lynnettelabelle.com

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Cynthia, thanks. If you enter, good luck to you too.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Lynnette, I'd love to see some of those entries myself! The winning sentences are posted at their site, and those are a hoot. But I'd love to see the ones that didn't make it... well, maybe not! lol. Thanks!

nutschell said...

What an interesting contest! I would love to see past winners' entries :)

Doralynn said...

They have them listed on their website. http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/ I can't remember where they are exactly, but there is a link there somewhere to past winners. They're absolutely hilarious.

Thanks for visiting!

Doralynn

Arlee Bird said...

I have heard about this contest for years and it does tend to get a lot of publicity. I wonder if it has helped past winners with their careers. If I wasn't all absorbed with the A to Z Challenge I might consider this one. Who knows maybe something will just come to me anyway.

Lee
Tossing It Out
Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thanks Arlee. I had forgotten about it myself. But after my friend Molly won, and got a boat load of publicity... which really sold a lot of books for her... I remembered it and decided this was one to enter.

thanks for visiting!

Doralynn

Amie Kaufman said...

Oh man, love it! I'm going to have to check out the past winners, I could use the laugh!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Hi Amie, they are a hoot!