The pen is mightier than the sword.
-- Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton

 

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton

Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged participants to write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel. We invite you to learn more about us, peruse the odious archives, and of course, submit an entry.  

2020 Grand Prize Winner

Her Dear John missive flapped unambiguously in the windy breeze, hanging like a pizza menu on the doorknob of my mind.

The winner of the XXVIIth Lytonniad is Lisa Kluber of San Francisco. When she's not writing or yelling at her kids, she spends her time these days trying to hunt down hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. (We relate!)

Congratulations, Lisa! See all the winners and dishonorable mentions from this our 37th <gasp> year

Welcome, Noble Bulweriers!

The Best of the Worst

The contest has spawned four books featuring selections from the contest entries. The books are now out of print (such is the state of our country today), but you may be able to secure copies for yourself and your innumerable admirers from the links below. 

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The Best(?) from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Son of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night": More of the Best(?) from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Bride of Dark and Stormy: Yet More of the Best(?) from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Dark and Stormy Rides Again: The Best(?) from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

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