These are the 10 winners of this year's Bulwer Lytton
contest (run by the English Department of
San Jose State
University), wherein one writes ONLY THE FIRST LINE OF A BAD NOVEL.
10) As a scientist, Throckmor-ton knew that if he were
ever to break wind in the echo chamber he would never hear the end
9) Just beyond the
8) With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied,
a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown
hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes,
perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small straight nose,
Marilee had a beauty that defied description.