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Here you will find coverage of bad writing awards and accusations of poor writing in novels. Be sure to also visit the writing mistakes section.

  • Artie Lange Reads Terrible Reviews of His Bestselling First Book, Too Fat to Fish (2013-11-12): Comedian Artie Lange reads awful reviews of his bestselling book, Too Fat to Fish. He promises fans they will hate his next book just as much.

  • Davian Aw Wins 2012 Lyttle Lytton Contest (2012-04-16): The winner of the 2012 Lyttle Lytton Contest for bad writing has been announced.

  • Winners of 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for Bad Opening Sentences Announced (2011-07-29): Sue Fondrie, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, is the winner of the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

  • Molly Ringle Wins The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (2010-07-08): The winner of the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is Molly Ringle of Seattle, Washington.

  • Screaming Whalers Tale Wins Bulwer-Lytton Contest (2009-07-02): David McKenzie has won the grand prize in San Jose State University's annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

  • Stephen King Thinks Stephenie Meyer is a Terrible Writer (2009-02-03): Stephen King says he understands the appeal the Twilight series has on young girls but her is not a fan of author Stephenie Meyer's writing.

  • Johnson, Updike Awarded Bad Sex in Fiction Awards (2008-11-25): Author Rachel Johnson has won the Bad Sex In Fiction Award.

  • Poems of Worst Poet in the English Language Sold at Auction (2008-05-20): The poems and letters of William Topaz McGonagall, widely regarded as the worst poet in the English language were sold at auction for $12,840.

  • Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Winners Announced (2006-07-14): The winners for the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have been announced.

  • The Best of Bad Writing (2005-07-29): It's time once again to peruse the best of the bad writing, as decided by the judges of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

  • Tom Wolfe Wins Dreaded Bad Sex Prize (2004-12-23): Britain's Literary Review horrified bestselling author Tom Wolfe when it announced last week that Wolfe had won the award that no writer wants to win, the Bad Sex Award.

  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... (2004-07-20): 42-year old software developer Dave Zobel of Manhattan Beach, California, won the 2004 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest which celebrates bad writing with a real stunner: "She resolved to end the love affair with Ramon tonight .