Friday, July 29, 2005

it was a dark and stormy night

The annual Bulwer-Lytton prizes for literary parody (i.e. bad writing) are out. And the winner is...

As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual.

Dan McKay
Fargo, ND

Winners of other categories include Bryan Semrow (Oshkosh, WI) for Adventure:

Captain Burton stood at the bow of his massive sailing ship, his weathered face resembling improperly cured leather that wouldn't even be used to make a coat or something.

Shelby Leung (Australia) for Children's Lit:

The woods were all a-twitter with rumors that the Seven Dwarves were planning a live reunion after their attempted solo careers had dismally sputtered into Z-list oblivion and it was all just a matter of meeting a ten-page list of outlandish demands (including 700-threadcount Egyptian cotton bedsheets, lots of white lilies and a separate trailer for the magic talking mirror) to get the Princess Formerly Known As Snow White on board.

Jay Dardenne (Baton Rouge, LA) for Vile Puns:

Falcon was her name and she was quite the bird of prey, sashaying past her adolescent admirers from one anchor store to another, past the kiosks where earrings longed to lie upon her lobes and sunglasses hoped to nestle on her nose, seemingly the beginning of a beautiful friendship with whomsoever caught the eye of the mall tease, Falcon.

Other categories include Historical Fiction, Romance, Purple Prose, Western, Detective, Fantasy Fiction, and Bulwer-Lytton's famous line: It was a dark and stormy night...

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