Wisconsin professor wins bad fiction prize

Posted on August 1, 2011. Filed under: Wind |


A little humor from UPI.com:

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 26 (UPI) — San Jose State University in California announced a Wisconsin woman won the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with an intentionally poorly written sentence.

The university said Sue Fondrie, an associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, won the 29th annual competition, which calls upon participants to compose the worst possible opening sentence for an imaginary novel.

“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,” Fondrie’s entry read.

The university said Fondrie’s sentence was the shortest grand prize winner in the history of the contest.

The Bulwer-Lytton prize is named for Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who began his novel “Paul Clifford” with the famous opening sentence, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

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I swear I’m a supporter of sustainable energy, and my Bulwer-Lytton winning entry should not in any way be construed as an attack on wind power, only on good writing.

I understand completely. I never took your bad writing as an attack on wind turbines or birds. Your sentence just includes a bit of dark humor, which often occurs among wind and renewable energy professionals, and professionals in nearly any other profession, I might profess.


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