Since time immemorial, or at least 1982, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest has celebrated the author who penned that undying cliché “It was a dark and stormy night” by inviting writers to submit their purplest prose in the form of a single opening sentence.
Lots of people win pretty much nothing but 15 minutes of fame each year, and it’s all in good fun. It’s free to enter — and the contest rules are, as promised on the contest website, “childishly simple.” Entries must be single sentences, original and previously unpublished. Submissions can be made by snail mail or email. The official deadline is April 15 (but that appears to be rather flexible).
Go. Go now. Fly like the wind!