Friday, February 24, 2006

celebrating bad writing

As your students are learning how to write facts persuasively, you might find more bad examples of over-writing than you ever wanted at the website for the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.   Last year's winner (from my home state of North Dakota!!) wrote the following:

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual."  (penned by Dan McKay of Fargo, ND).

Want to enter?  The deadline is soon (or not)--sometime between April 15 and June 30, according to the rules.


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