July 16, 2003

Othewise known as "It was a dark and stormy night" contest

Bulwer-Lytton Contest 2003 Results

Most of you will recognize this as the contest to create the worst opening sentence, otherwise known as "The "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night" Contest". This year's winning one was pretty awful -- but the runners up are just as good.

Winner: Purple Prose

Raul strode through the dark night, his way lit by twinkling stars as if the gods at some celestial concert were all flicking their lighters at the same time in appreciation of the drum solo-like beat of his boot heels against the pavement, occasionally accompanied by the steel-brush-on-a-cymbal sound of a splash as he kicked through a puddle, the plip-plop of water dripping from leaves like someone playing staccato on a two-note piano gone flat, and the wind blowing a bluesy tissue-paper-on-comb harmonica through the trees.

Posted by Ted Stevko at July 16, 2003 02:48 PM