How and when do I validate my novel to win?

Once you've hit your word-count goal for NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo, make sure to validate your project to officially join NaNoWriMo's winner's circle.

Typically, you are able to validate your project to win starting on the 20th of an active event month and through the end of the month.

On NaNoWriMo

  1. Hover over your word count at the top of the site, then click "Claim your official win!" (You can also find a text link on the dashboard in the "My Novel" panel.)
  2. Copy the entire text of your 50,000-word novel and paste it into the validator box.
  3. Click "Validate."

On Camp NaNoWriMo

To validate if you're writing a novel:

  1. Click “Validate your word count to win” at the top of the homepage. 
  2. Copy the entire text of your project and paste it into the validator box.
  3. Click "Validate."

To validate if you're writing a non-novel project:

  1. Use a random text generator to create text for the number of words you've set your goal to. Copy this text.
  2. Click “Validate your word count to win” at the top of the homepage.
  3. Paste your generated lorem ipsum text into the validator box.
  4. Click "Validate."
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