Monday, April 16, 2012

Lyttle-Lytton Contest Winner 2012! (so bad it's good)

I love the Lyttle Lytton contest. Each year the worst of the worst are featured. It is "WWW"—"wretched writers welcome."

Here is an article reprinted from Gallycat (one of my favorite sites) on this year's winner:


By Jason Boog on April 16, 2012

Davian Aw has won the 2012 Lyttle Lytton contest, writing an awful sentence in 25 words or fewer. Here is the winning sentence:

“Agent Jeffrey’s trained eyes rolled carefully around the room, taking in the sights and sounds.”

The contest was inspired by the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a famous challenge to write the worst opening to a novel. Many of these winning entries are quite long, so the Lyyttle Lytton contest limits entries to 25 words or fewer. Founder Adam Cadre explained why Aw won the contest:

"When I read the first half of this, I thought, yes, I’ve heard editors grumbling about the use of 'eyes” for “gaze': '‘Her eyes landed on his lapel pin’ — didn’t that hurt?' Then I reached the 'and sounds' part and knew this one would be tough to beat. There were entries at which I laughed more, but the combination of craft, plausibility, and cringe factor — and, yes, laughs — put this one on top."


Ok, now go be brilliant—wont' be hard after this!

1 comment:

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