The Lyttle Lytton Contest is a bad short fiction contest organized by Adam Cadre. Yes, the same Adam Cadre that wrote Photopia, Shrapnel, 9:05, etc etc.

The purpose is to write a plausible beginning to an unintentionally bad novel. For example, this winner of the 2012 contest:

“Agent Jeffrey’s trained eyes rolled carefully around the room, taking in the sights and sounds.”

Or this one from 2006:

“His eyes were brown, although you wouldn’t know it just by looking.”

Below the jump are two of my own entries.

“Jake smelled the bittersweet smell of butternut and knew it was Tuesday; but his olfactory resources had lied to him. Susan was dead.”

“He had it all. Money. Power. Success. But he would have traded it all for the love of a shy yet assertive bookworm named Rachel.”

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01 February 2015