SAN JOSE, Calif. – An unseemly wet kiss helped win the top prize in an annual bad writing contest that spans several genres. San Jose State University said Tuesday that Molly Ringle of Seattle was the grand prize winner of the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

Wrote Ringle: “For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss — a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world’s thirstiest gerbil.”

The competition spoofs 19th- century English writer Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, and his oft-quoted, “It was a dark and stormy night” opener.

Steve Lynch of San Marcos, Calif., won the detective category: “She walked into my office wearing a body that would make a man write bad checks, but in this paperless age you would first have to obtain her ABA Routing Transit Number and Account Number and then disable your own Overdraft Protection in order to do so.”