Contest Rules

The rules for the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest are childishly simple:

  • Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. (A fellow once submitted over 3,000 entries.)

  • Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished.

  • 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 contest accepts submissions every day of the livelong year, but the deadline for each year's contest is June 30th.

  • Winners are announced in late July or early August each year (depending on our panel of undistinguished judges). For 2021 we plan to post the winners on or before Friday, the 13th of August.  

  • In keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive … a pittance (and bragging rights).

  • Please inflict your entries for the 2021 contest using our form below. 

  • Finally, a tip: resist the temptation to work some variation of "it was a dark and stormy night."

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

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