Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest: The Worst Sentence of 2012
Via Media Bistro:
Cathy Bryant of Manchester, England is the big winner, crafting the worst sentence of the year according to the The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. This dubious honor is part of an annual bad writing competition that began thirty years ago at San Jose State University. It's named after Victorian novelist Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton, an author famous for writing the opening line: “It was a dark and stormy night.”
And here's the champion sentence:
As he told her that he loved her she gazed into his eyes, wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites, the tiny deodicids burrowing into his follicles to eat the greasy sebum therein, each female laying up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, causing inflammation, whether the eyes are truly the windows of the soul; and, if so, his soul needed regrouting.
As you can tell, it seems like the "worst" qualifies as most clunky and disgusting while still maintaining proper grammar. There are winners in nearly every genre of fiction; you can check them all out here here.
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