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Bulwer-Lytton 2011 winner: Sue Fondrie

July 26, 2011

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron LyttonAnd the winner 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.

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh associate professor Sue Fondrie scored the top honors for the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

The twenty-six word entry is the twenty-ninth grand prize winner, and also the shortest submission to ever take the honor, which is given to the worst opening sentence for a novel in honor of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s [in]famous, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

Congratulations, of course, to Sue Fondrie, and our thanks to the contest organizers for their annual dose of levity.

-bd

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