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2009-06-30 07:49:24

A 55-year-old writer from Federal Way, Wash., has won this year's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for bad opening novel sentences, officials say. The goal of the contest is to come up with the worst, most cliched opening sentences for imaginary novels to parody the work of British author Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), whose It was a dark and stormy night opened the 1830 novel Paul Clifford. Contest judges said in a release Tuesday that David McKenzie, 55, had won the 2009...

2008-08-15 09:00:09

By Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A grotesque comparison of a steamy love affair to a New York City street has won a Washington man this year's grand prize in an annual contest of bad writing. Garrison Spik, 41, a communications director, took top honors in San Jose State University's 26th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with this opening sentence to a nonexistent novel: "Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open...

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