Lost in the Mists of Time, or Where Did the Earlier Entries Go?

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If you find yourself on this page, you are justifiably puzzled. Where are the winners for the years 1983 – 1998?

Yours is a good question, and one that deserves a better answer than the one we proffer. Unfortunately, the online repositories that once housed the winners, runners-up, and Dishonorable Mentions from those years are no more. To paraphrase Monty Python, they are bleedin’ demised. They have ceased to be. They are bereft of life. Their metabolic processes are now ’istory. They have kicked the bucket, shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ Choir Invisible. They are no more.

Or at least we can’t find them.

The Grand Winners for those years can be found on the Lyttony of Grand Prize Winners page, and many of the individual entries survive in the various books featuring the “best” of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Right now those are the best alternatives we can offer.

At some point in time, we may come across them on a sheaf of forgotten parchment, a roll of dead papyrus, or more likely, a dusty floppy disk. If and when that happy day arrives, we shall post that information on this site post haste. Until then, we share your pain at their absence.

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Fans, Stalkers, and Others

Mariann Simms, winner of the 2003 contest, writes about the BLFC in her blog. (April 2006)

Celine Shinbutsu: Fantasy Category winner’s blog from Japan.

Suite.101.com interviews 2008 Winner Garrison Spik (August 16, 2008)

Suite.101.com interviews the Grand Panjandrum (August 16, 2008)

Guillaume Destot interviews the Grand Panjandrum (2002)

“The Great Bulwer-Lytton Debate” (Manchester Guardian)

Sticks and Stones (a “new” contest, last updated August 2010)

Bulwer-Lytton's Ancestral Estate

Bulwer-Lytton’s Bicentennial Birthday Celebration at Knebworth House. With pictures. (May 20-23, 2003)

Literary Locales: Over 1,350 picture links to places that figure in the lives and writings of famous authors

The Eye of Argon (a Sci-Fi conference classic)

Dead White Guys

Dead Dogs

Shakespearean insult?

Bad Sex in Fiction Award

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night — the game for people who love to read

Dickens or Bulwer?

“Dark and Stormy Night Cocktail” from the Swig Bar in San Francisco: Pour ginger beer into a highball glass and top with Zaya rum.

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