How to Win and Collect Winner Goodies

To win NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo, you need to do one thing: Reach your goal!

Once you have reached your goal, a purple Winner badge with fireworks will appear in your notifications (the little bell icon!) Click that badge to visit your winner page!


Here’s how to access your winner goodies:


Troubleshooting Stubborn Projects

Make sure your project has a Viking Helmet icon next to "50,000 words":

If you don't see a Viking helmet, and:
  1. Your goal is 50,000 words.
  2. Your start date is November 1, and your end date is November 30.
Our tech team will be converting these goals to official NaNoWriMo goals once on November 24, and again on December 2. Just hang out until then, and then check the winner goodies link again:

If you don't see a Viking helmet, and:
  1. Your goal is something other than 50,000 words.
  2. Your start date is not November 1, or your end date is not November 30.
You should create a new official NaNoWriMo 2020 project just to claim your win:
  1. Announce a new project using the following link. Make sure that "Associate with a NaNoWriMo event" is checked, and the event displayed is NaNoWriMo 2020: 
  2. Click the "On to your goal" button.
  3. The next section should be pre-filled in with 50,000 words as your goal, and the dates marked as November 1 - 30. Click "On to your details".
  4. You can ignore this next section, or fill out whatever you'd like. Scroll down and hit the "Save Project" button.
  5. Now that you've created a new project for the official NaNoWriMo event, click the "Update" button. On the form that pops up, fill in 50,000 and click "Update Progress".
  6. Now that you've gotten an official win, you should be able to view your winner page directly here:
Here's a GIF of the process, if you'd like to see it visually:

If you'd like to replace your original project with this new, official project, you can copy over your progress updates by following the directions for backdating word counts in the FAQs.

How to Win When Creating a New Goal or if the Event is Over

You can still do this by backdating a progress update in your goal statistics page.

Click the Add a New Update button to add a new progress update. (You can do this to fix your stats or streaks, too!)


Make sure you include a full timestamp, with AM or PM (the actual times don’t matter, they just have to exist) or it will default to the current day.

After you have saved the word counts and met or surpassed your word count to win, you will receive a notification and can follow the instructions above! 

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