Dave Stancliff Slaughtered sparrows simile wins 2011 bad writing contest blogarama.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Slaughtered sparrows simile wins 2011 bad writing contest

Rats! I forgot to enter again. I’m sure I could write a pretty awful opening to an imaginary novel. A sentence in which tiny birds and the English language are both slaughtered took top honors Monday in an annual bad writing contest:

Sue Fondrie of Oshkosh, Wis., won the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for her sentence comparing forgotten memories to dead sparrows, said San Jose State University Prof. Scott Rice. The contestant asks writers to submit the worst possible opening sentences to imaginary novels.

Fondrie wrote: "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." Story - graphic

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