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Bulwer-Lytton 2012 Winners Announced

Bulwer-Lytton 2012 Winners Announced


This is a favorite contest of mine–the best WORST opening line. Based on Bulwer-Lytton’s famous line “It was a dark and stormy night…”

This year’s overall top winner:

“As he told her that he loved her she gazed into his eyes, wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites, the tiny deodicids burrowing into his follicles to eat the greasy sebum therein, each female laying up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, causing inflammation, whether the eyes are truly the windows of the soul; and, if so, his soul needed regrouting.” — Cathy Bryant, Manchester, England

Other winners are listed by genre… at: