Protagonize loves NaNoWriMo… and prizes!

The intrepid members of our official Protagonize NaNoWriMo group are already all over this after I tipped them off last night, but for those of you just joining the party…

NaNoWriMoAs most of you are aware, the epic NaNoWriMo writing event kicks off today and runs the course of November. For the uninitiated, NaNo, or National Novel Writing Month, consists of “thirty days and nights of literary abandon”.

Every November, participants (a.k.a.: wrimos) from around the world write furiously for an entire month, trying to put together a 175-page (approx. 50,000-word) novel within the alloted time. If you manage to hit that magical number of words, you can consider yourself a “winner”. Even if you don’t, everyone who participates is that much closer to having completed a full-length novel. The goal is to have fun, commiserate with your peers, and try and produce something resembling a novel by the end of the month. Sounds like fun, right?

Now, Protagonize is a great supporter of NaNoWriMo and many of our authors participate in the event every year. In order to encourage our members to join in, we’d like to you post your ongoing stories here, on Protagonize. Of course, you’re protected by our usual array of Creative Commons licensing schemes, so we hope you’ll feel comfortable posting your epic for our users to read.

Having the help and constructive feedback of your fellow participants is something we can provide at Protagonize that you may not be able to easily get on your own, so why not post here, as you piece your Å“uvre together?

Many of our authors are making their works un-rateable, so as not to clutter up the ratings charts with half-finished, rough works. That’s totally up to you, of course, but it makes it easier to feel like you don’t need to go backward and distract yourself by editing your existing work as you write. Of course, comments and feedback as you write may also be invaluable.

To up the ante, we’re going to be adding a couple of new features on the site in honour of NaNoWriMo:

  • At the end of each day in November, a new NaNoWriMo participant’s work will be featured on Protagonize, beside our usual weekly Editor’s Pick — think of it as a little extra incentive to keep writing every day!
  • By popular demand, we’ve added word counts (and character counts) to all works on the site — check the statistics box on any work on the site for a running total. This should help you all publicly keep tabs on those NaNo word counts, and maybe encourage a little healthy competition between participants. :)

Update: You can keep track of our Daily NaNo picks here, and all of our NaNoWriMo participants here!

The prizes!

To top that off — and to give you all a little extra incentive to write — we’ll have a few prizes for three lucky randomly-chosen winners from amongst our daily NaNo featured authors!

All featured NaNo participants (i.e. our daily selections) will also get a nifty NaNoWriMo badge for their author profiles. How cool is that? :)

† Amounts are in Canadian dollars. We’ll convert this (rounded down to the nearest gift card value) to whichever iTunes store you’re closest to.

The rules!

  • Your entry must have been submitted between November 1st and 30th, 2010. You can re-post an old entry to start off your NaNoWriMo story, if you’d like, but it needs to be submitted during the month of November.
  • This is very important! You must tag your submissions with “NaNoWriMo” (quotes not needed), otherwise we (myself and the moderators) won’t know what to look at when selecting our daily features.
  • Make sure to set a summary on your story! It’ll be displayed if your story is selected as a Daily NaNo pick.
  • Winners at the end of the month must have made a valiant effort to actually complete NaNoWriMo. You may not have finished, but it has to look like you actually tried. This will be at our discretion!
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be selected at random from amongst all daily featured works.
  • Your NaNoWriMo submission can only be featured once throughout the course of the month.
  • Mature content is okay, just make sure that the summary field is clean, since that will be visible to everyone.
  • If you’re under the age of 13, any prizes we grant you will require the consent of a parent or guardian.

So, what are you waiting for? Get writing!

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20 Responses to Protagonize loves NaNoWriMo… and prizes!

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  2. Delorfinde says:

    Yay! That’s cool :) I don’t really use iTunes, but that’s only because I’m always skint. If I had money, then sure I’d be going for more music!

    What if you already have a subscription? Would it sort of be tagged on the end of your current one so that if that one wasn’t due to end until say, March, you’d have a year from March?

  3. Nosirrah says:

    can we use a story that we’ve already begun..? I”ve written one that i’ve done about 4 chapters in so far and I was going to revisit it anyways

    • Nick says:

      @Nosirrah If it’s something you’ve started today for NaNo, that’s fine. If it’s a story you previously wrote on the site, you should probably re-post it as a proper NaNoWriMo entry.

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  5. darkliquid says:

    Regarding the rules, are there any restrictions on mature content? I ask because, what with features traditionally excluding mature content, what will happen to mature nanowrimo stories getting featured?

    • Nick says:

      @darkliquid Mature content is allowed (see updated rules above) — just make sure your story’s summary is clean, as that’s what’ll be displayed in the daily feature.

  6. Sapphire says:

    That is a GREAT incentive to keep writing and post it on here! I can’t speak for the world, but I know that I always need more money for iTunes. And a Protag subscription is also a good idea! For the same reason.

    It’ll be a good way to see who on here’s doing NaNo, too.

  7. Rac7hel says:

    Snap! Sounds awesome, can’t argue with incentives! Everyone should try it… Failure is success too, after all. Hopefully we’ll have an awesome Nano turnout this year…

  8. Nick says:

    Hey all, just a quick note to let you know that I’ve added an alternate prize format since not everyone uses or has access to iTunes. Enjoy! :)

    • darkliquid says:

      Awesome, I was going to mention that iTunes wasn’t an option for me, what with me running on Linux and all.

      Also, honoured to be the first pick! Go me!

  9. alro613 says:

    I’m on track for mine!!! NaNoWriMo 2010 will rule! :)

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  11. Delorfinde says:

    Umm, you said we had to have at least tried to finish. What if we finished (several times over) but didn’t really post it on Protagonize the whole time? Since I got 193k altogether but there’s only about 14k on Protagonize atm …

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  13. Trish says:

    Hi, just wondering when you say participants should try to ‘complete’ NaNoWriMo; do you mean to write up to 50,000 words or finish the novel as in come to “the end”?

    • Nick says:

      Hi @Trish,

      When people talk about “completing” or “winning” NaNo, it’s about hitting the 50,000 word mark, not necessarily finishing a book. But you can take that however you’d like. :)


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