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Awarding The Worst: The 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Winners

The winners for the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest – which asks people to submit terrible first sentences to fake novels - have been announced. The contest, which began in 1982 at San Jose University, derives its name from novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (pictured), who penned the iconic first sentence, “It was a dark and stormy night,” for his 1830 book Paul Clifford.

Now that you’ve got some background, get ready for some seriously atrocious sentences. The overall winner was written by Sue Fondrie, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin. Here it is:

“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.”

A growing pile of forgotten memories! Amazing. And yeah, we know. Somewhere, some writer is thinking, “Hmm… That’s actually not too bad.”

Here’s two more sentences from the contest that we enjoyed/hated:

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Country Living Announces First-Ever Blogger Awards

Country Living has announced their their first-ever Annual Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards, to celebrate the best blogs within each of ten categories, including “Decorating,” “Food,” “Crafting,” “Collecting,” “Gardening,” and “Pets.”

“We are really looking to discover someone who hasn’t had a lot of national attention who we can introduce to a wider audience,” Shelly Ridenour, Executive Editor of Country Living, told FishbowlNY. “Our readers have a really strong online engagement … so it seemed like a natural fit for us to fill our readers in on blogs they might not have heard of.”

Until August 1st, readers can nominate their favorite blogs, and bloggers can nominate themselves. The winners will be honored at a luncheon in New York and be featured in the February 2012 issue of Country Living.

The idea for the awards came out of the Country Living‘s ongoing engagement with blogs, and vice versa. “Bloggers seem to really be inspired by Country Living, and we’re inspired by their creativity,” said Ridenour. “The editors in the office, all day long we’re emailing each other blog posts that we find inspiring, or yelling out from office to office, oh my god, did you see this?”

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