Every year, the Lyttle Lytton contest challenges entrants to compose the worst first sentence that could possibly be written in the English language. The 2018 Lyttle Lytton Contest winners are absolutely hilarious, and you can read five of the funniest entries below.
Established in 2001, the Lyttle Lytton Contest takes its cues from San Jose State University's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which also tasks competitors with submitting their worst sentences for a shot at bad-writing glory. But where the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest allows entries of any length, with a suggestion that they max out at 50-60 words, the Lyttle Lytton Contest restricts possible winners to 2,000 characters or fewer. Both contests are free to enter.
There are 30 winners of the 2018 Lyttle Lytton Contest, including several that were submitted from actual books, articles, and journalism broadcasts. I can't list them all here, but you should definitely check them out on the Lyttle Lytton Contest website, where you can read winning entries from previous years as well. As an added bonus, if you're an Aspiring Author, reading the bad sentences that actually got published might just make you feel a little bit better about your own writing abilities.
Check out the five funniest winners of the 2018 Lyttle Lytton Contest: