The Basics ← Knowledge Base Why 50,000 words? And how do you define “novel”? How and when can I sign up? When do I start writing? How do I win National Novel Writing Month? What are the prizes? Is there an entry fee? Can I participate if I’m not American? Can I write a novel in any language? Is there a minimum age to participate? How can I be sure my novel is protected? What do I do with my novel after the month is over?