Friday, July 29, 2005

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed..."

And so begins Dan McKay's winning entry into the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest sponsored by San Jose State University, which rewards the worst opening sentence of an imagined novel.

My favorite among this year's honorable mentions was this little gem, submitted by Lawrence Person:

"Inside his cardboard box, Greg heated a dented can of Spaghetti-O's over a small fire made from discarded newspapers, then cracked open his last can of shoplifted generic beer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his embarkation on a career as a freelance writer."

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