This Contest Is Dedicated To The Worst Opening Sentences From Novels, And They’re So Bad They’re Good


Every writer aspires to write a killer opening line for their story. However, some of them try too hard to instantly capture the reader’s attention, and fail hilariously. Thanks to the writer Adam Cadre, who has held the Lyttle Lytton Contest since 2001, we have a huge amount of absolutely horrendous first-liners not only to laugh at, but also learn from. Each entry is accompanied by Adam’s witty commentary, that could maybe help improve your writing!

Adam was inspired to create his own contest after borrowing the idea from the annual Bulwer-Lytton contest, which also ‘celebrates’ the worst opening sentences of novels. As Adam explained in his website, the original contest started getting a little too “unwieldy” for his taste, so in turn, he created a contest with entries no longer than 33 words.

Read the best submissions of 2018 below, and tell us what you think in the comments.

More info: adamcadre.ac


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