A NaNoWriMo fundraiser... compete as a NaNo writer or donate by sponsoring one!
Welcome to the 11th Annual NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon, the activity where you can compete in NaNoWriMo and raise GPs for some great Writing.com causes at the same time! This event is my way of showing appreciation to all the wonderful groups and activities on this site that encourage members of this site to read, write, and participate in the community. I hope you'll all join me in showing your support by participating as either a writer or a sponsor (or both)!
The concept is pretty straightforward. Much like a typical walk-a-thon where participants are supported by sponsors who have committed to donate a certain amount of financial support for each mile walked, this activity has Sponsors who commit to donating a certain number of GPs for each word written by their sponsored Writers!
That's the general idea, so if this activity interests you ... please, read on!
NaNoWriMo begins on November 1, 2019 @ 12:00AM local time.
NaNoWriMo ends on November 30, 2019 @ 11:59PM local time.
NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 new words during the month of November. For more information on NaNoWriMo, please check out the official NaNoWriMo website . For the purposes of this activity, you can write nonfiction, short stories, continue or rewrite a previously-started work (as long as you don't count the words written prior to November), etc. Outlining and preparation are allowed, but those words do not count for this activity. Only new words written during the month of November count toward your total for this activity.
All Sponsors agree to donate 1 GP per word that each of their Writers completes. Sponsors are welcome to sign up under more than one Writer, and Writers can certainly have more than one Sponsor. It's all in the name of charity, so the more we each give, the better!
Sponsors have the option setting minimum and maximum donation limits so they can more carefully manage their donations and/or sponsor multiple Writers without going broke. Sponsors are kindly asked to consider making a minimum donation of 5,000 GPs per Writer, and to sponsor responsibly by being prepared to cover their commitments even in the event that one of their writers goes way above and beyond the 50,000-word target.
WdC has a NanoCounter which will be used to track progress:
For more information, you can also check out the following step-by-step guide to setting up and using your NanoCounter:
Writers are expected to be honest about reporting their word counts and respectful of the rules and spirit of NaNoWriMo (this includes not fudging word counts, and not starting early or ending late). While Writers are not required to provide public access to their NaNo efforts, I reserve the right to request and privately review a copy of your manuscript if necessary to address any questions or concerns. Sponsors are expected to make good on their donation promises. The idea is to have a great time, write a lot of new words (or support the writing of a lot of words), and raise some funds for some really great WdC causes in the process. Let's keep things fun, friendly and fair.
Signing up as a writer. If you're interested in competing as a Writer, please post your intent to compete in the forum below, or e-mail Jeff , to be added to the roster. The deadline to sign up as a writer is 11:59PM WdC time on November 5th. Each writer will be added to the "NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon Group" and assigned to a team.
Signing up as a sponsor. Each Sponsor needs to complete a "Sponsor Sign-Up Form" for each Writer he or she is sponsoring (and no, you cannot sponsor yourself). There is no deadline to sponsor writers, but strategically adding specific Writers at the last minute (to win one of the MBs, for example) is not permitted. You will be contacted if there is an issue with your sponsorship. Sponsors will also be added to the group in order to receive emails and updates.
Team competition and word counts. Writers will be divided into assigned teams for the purposes of the grand prize. I reserve the right to move writers to different teams as needed (mostly to keep the teams balanced). Requests for certain writers to be on the same team will be accommodated if possible but are not guaranteed. NEW RULE: To determine team word counts, any team with more members than another team will have their lowest word count(s) omitted to balance out their team's word count with those teams that have fewer members. For example, if there's a team of four writers and a team of five writers, the latter will only have their highest four scores counted toward the team word count totals.
Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the prizes, Writers must put forth a good faith effort to compete and/or support their teammates. There is a 12,500 word minimum word count necessary to qualify for prizes (it wouldn't be fair to penalize someone for not completing NaNo, but you have to put at least some effort to get rewarded). I reserve the right to remove any writer that has signed up but has not been active or updated their word count for an extended period of time. Please note that this is merely to ensure that Writers aren't signing up and expecting their team to carry them through to a prize. Writers will receive a warning and have an opportunity to respond before being removed from the activity.
Paying up. All Sponsor donations should be made to the "NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon Group" (Group #1546311) at the end of the month once you've been notified of what you owe. I will disburse the GPs to the Beneficiaries after NaNoWriMo concludes, once the Sponsors have all been notified and had a chance to contribute their funds. The goal is to wrap this activity and get the donations out by mid-December at the latest.
Tracking progress. Writers need to use WdC's word count tracker , as that will be the mechanism used for determining prize winners, donation amounts, etc. Writers must update their NaNo Counter at least once per week (and preferably daily), as update/progress emails will be sent out periodically during the activity. Once you've entered your final word count at the end of November, PLEASE DO NOT update your word count again until December 2nd, to avoid any incorrect calculations by me or your Sponsors.
Activating your WdC word count tracker. Just click on the following link: http://www.writing.com/main/my_account/action/update_nano/nanocnt/1
Donations. Non-sponsor donations of gift points or additional prizes are gladly accepted. Any individual who donates 50,000+ Gift Points will receive an appropriate Merit Badge from my own personal funds. For anyone who donates 100,000+ Gift Points, I'll go ahead and upgrade that to an exclusive NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon Badge!
All funds raised by this year's Write-A-Thon will be divided as indicated and distributed to the following groups:
10% to "Anniversary Reviews Bank"
10% to "The Talent Pond"
10% to "The WDC Soundtrackers"
10% to TBD
10% to TBD
10% to TBD
10% to TBD
10% to TBD
20% for Write-A-Thon prizes and administration.
Okay, so what are these prizes that I keep mentioning? Well, the competing Writers who write a minimum of 12,500 words will each receive the following:
Either a NaNo Winner or NaNo Participant Merit Badge, depending on whether the goal of 50,000 words was reached.
Additional individual prizes include:
A Fundraising Merit Badge for the Writer that earns the highest aggregate donation from all of his or her Sponsors.
A Generosity Merit Badge for the Sponsor that makes the highest aggregate donation from all of his or her Writers.
A Determination Merit Badge for the Writer with the highest final word count.
Additionally, the competing Writers will be divided into teams. The winning team - that is, the team of writers with the highest combined word count - will receive the following:
5% of the total GPs raised, divided equally among the team members!
The magic number is 100,000. Words or GPs, it's up to you. If you donate 100,000 GPs and don't write a word, you get the badge. If you write 100,000 words and don't donate a single GP, you get the badge. If you write 50,000 GPs and donate 50,000 GPs, you get the badge. Et cetera, et cetera. For the purposes of GP contributions, I will count both individual donations to the activity as well as the GPs you individually donate as a Sponsor of other Writers.
This badge will be given in lieu of your NaNo Winner or NaNo Participant badge. If you would like both badges, you will need to send me an additional 10,000 GPs to cover the cost. This fee cannot be offset by word count as these funds will be used to pay for the additional badge.
So now everyone has an incentive... a guaranteed merit badge, and the potential for a share of 5% of the Write-A-Thon's proceeds! Not too bad, eh? Considering you were gonna try to write the novel anyway...
For a list of Write-A-Thon Writers, their respective Sponsors, and their team assignments, please check out:
You can also find statistics on Write-A-Thons from years past:
That's really all there is to it. So if you're planning on entering NaNoWrimo and want to earn some GPs for some fantastic WdC groups while you're at it, make sure you get a Sponsor to submit a "Sponsor Sign-Up Form" on your behalf by the end of October! Feel free to post your interest in being sponsored in the forum below, or directly contact any friends, mentors, or acquaintances you know. If you're having trouble finding a sponsor and it's getting close to the entry deadline, e-mail Jeff and we'll figure something out.