15-13 Story 1: “It was a dark and stormy night”: The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

 

Synopsis: Everyone knows the line “It was a dark and stormy night” from Snoopy’s exploits as a budding novelist. But do you know the real author of that famous line, and why he has a literary competition named after him? We’ll talk to the retired professor of English and contest creator about the famous aristocrat and author who lent his name to a quirky contest, and why he was a better writer than he’s been given credit for. We’ll also hear some of the winning entries from past Bulwer-Lytton Contests.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Scott Rice, retired English professor from San Jose State University and founder of the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

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