How do I win National Novel Writing Month? What are the prizes? Is there an entry fee?

You win National Novel Writing Month by writing 50,000 words of your novel between November 1 and November 30. There’s no limit on how many people can win! Just be sure that you’ve defined a novel on our site, and that you update your novel’s word count at the end of the month.

To win 👑:

  1. Update your word count past 50,000 words.

  2. You should then receive the 50K badge.

  3. Go to your notifications, then click the notification about earning this badge, and you'll see your winner goodies! Your project's progress bar will turn purple and your profile picture will add another pair of winner's laurels.

Every year, we also have several generous sponsors that offer goodies for everyone who participates in NaNoWriMo. Check out those offers here!

All of NaNoWriMo's programs, including Camp NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program are free. However, we run on donations and we're able to continue year over year because participants contribute something towards hosting and administrative costs. Because we’re a nonprofit, the donation is tax-deductible!

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