The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. The contest (hereafter referred to as the BLFC) was the brainchild (or Rosemary’s baby) of Professor Scott Rice, whose graduate school excavations unearthed the source of the line “It was a dark and stormy night.”


  • Each entry must consist of a single sentence. One entry per person.
  • Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words.

Deadline: October 25 – Email your sentence to Mrs. Emery!

The club will vote for the best worst sentence!


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