New Hope for Bad Writers: Prizes Awarded for Lousy Writing

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“As an ornithologist, George was fascinated by the fact that urine and feces mix in birds’ rectums to form a unified, homogeneous slurry that is expelled through defecation, although eying Greta’s face, and sensing the reaction of the congregation, he immediately realized he should have used a different analogy to describe their relationship in his wedding vows.”

Though it did not win first prize in the Bulwer-Lytton Contest for Wretched Writing, the above passage copped something called the Grand Panjandrum’s Special Award.

For a complete list of winners and contributions, visit the Bulwer-Lytton Contest website. Removing your tongue from your cheek will immediately disqualify you from enjoying it.

And check out our coverage of a prior B-L Award, Comparing Lover’s Kiss to a Sucking Gerbil, Molly Ringle Cops Bulwer-Lytton Crappo Writing Prize.


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Richard Curtis is a leading New York literary agent ( who foresaw the Digital Book Revolution and launched an e-book publishing company early in 2000. E-Reads ( is one of the foremost independent e-book publishers in the industry, specializing in reprints of genre fiction by leading authors in their fields. Curtis is also a well-known authors advocate, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including several books about the publishing industry, and prolific blogger – see his hundreds of other blog posts here.


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