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. Click this badge, and you'll see your winner goodies, and become an official winner! Your project's progress bar will turn purple, your profile picture will add another pair of winner's laurels, and you'll see a new card on your dashboard that links you to your winner goodies.

    You can also find your winner goodies by going to your dashboard, and clicking the link in the "Winner" tile there.

Every year, we also have several generous sponsors that offer participant and winner goodies. Check out some NaNoWriMo prizes 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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