Since 1982, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest has given a yearly prize for the worst sentence.
This year’s winner is Sue Fondrie, associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The winning sentence?
Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.
The contest is named for Edward George Bulwer-Lytton who wrote one of the most famous opening lines in the English language in his novel Paul Clifford: It was a dark and stormy night.
Winner of the Adventure category this year was Jack Barry of Shelby, NC. His entry follows:
From the limbs of ancient live oaks moccasins hung like fat black sausages — which are sometimes called boudin noir, black pudding or blood pudding, though why anyone would refer to a sausage as pudding is hard to understand and it is even more difficult to divine why a person would knowingly eat something made from dried blood in the first place — but be that as it may, our tale is of voodoo and foul murder, not disgusting food.
For more of the worst sentences of this year and plenty of dishonorable mentions, hop on over to www.bulwer-lytton.com/2011.htm.