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Founded in 1982 at San Jose State University in California, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest challenges entrants to compose opening sentences to the worst of all possible novels.
Anyone can enter. Must be original and unpublished. Each entry must consist of a single sentence. The entry shouldn’t go beyond 50 or 60 words.
Contest Rules & Info
The rules for the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest are childishly simple:
Each entry must consist of a single sentence, but you may submit as many entries as you wish.
Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished.
Due to the volume of submissions, if your entry is missing a name or location it won’t be considered.
The contest accepts submissions every day of the livelong year, but the deadline for each year’s contest is June 30th.
Winners are announced in late July or early August each year. The 2021 winners were announced on August 13th.
In keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive … a pittance (and bragging rights).
Please inflict your entries for the 2022 contest using our form below.
DISCLAIMER: Do not pay or release sensitive financial details to any organizer/recruiter unless futher verified from your end.
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