YEAH, BUT HOW ABOUT LOUSY LAST LINES OF NOVELS?!
AUGUST 5th UPDATE: Please note that the comment thread for posting new entries exists here. The one connected to this blog entry is closed and anything posted to it will be ignored. The contest still ends August 15th. God help us all.
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest focuses on the worst opening lines of a novel. But as my friend Paul Larsen points out--what about the worst last lines of a novel? Surely there's nothing worse than reading all the way to the end and getting a stinker of a last line or paragraph? At least if you start reading and it sucks, you can put it down.
So here's the deal. Post in the comments section a made-up worst last sentence or sentences/paragraph of a novel, in the tradition of Bulwer-Lytton. The winner gets $30 and their choice of three of my books (forthcoming Shriek included in offer). Contest closes August 14th.
UPDATE: Let's up the ante to $50 for first place, $25 for second, and $10 for third, with 1st getting three of my books, 2nd getting two, and 3rd getting one. And I'll list some honorable mentions. I'll also post update blog entries posting the entries in the comments field from time to time, if necessary. And I'm limiting it to 7 entries per person. Finally, you can post your entry anonymously, but to claim your prize you'll have to become known. And I'd prefer you not be anonymous.