Terms and Conditions

Effective date: September 28, 2010

NaNoWriMo.org is provided by the Office of Letters and Light free of charge to any user who agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing NaNoWriMo.org or using any of its features. By accessing NaNoWriMo.org or using any of its features, you agree to be legally bound by the terms and conditions hereof. If you do not agree to be bound by any of such terms and conditions, you may not access NaNoWriMo.org or use any of its features. The Office of Letters and Light reserves the right to change the terms and conditions hereof without prior notice at any time and any such change shall be effective immediately upon posting the changed Agreement on NaNoWriMo.org. The effective date indicated at the top of this page will be updated to indicate that changes have been made. Whenever changes are made, registered users will also be asked to review and agree to the new terms upon login.

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Our forums (message boards) are designed to foster communication between participants. As the one place where NaNoWriMo participants from all over the world can gather to chat, cajole, and procrastinate, the forums are designed to keep spirits (and word counts) soaring. Even if it feels a little scary at first, we ask you to dive right in.

That said, there are certain kinds of posts we do not allow on the forums. Anyone posting abusive, sexually explicit, hateful, or threatening material (or any other stuff that may violate any applicable laws), will have their NaNoWriMo account deleted and will be banned from the site.

We will also file a formal complaint with the offending party's internet service provider, and, if we deem it necessary, with their local police department. The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions.

Several of our forums are G-rated. These will be clearly indicated with a "sun" icon, and are approved for all-ages. We ask that when posting in them, you refrain from using curse words and avoid discussions of violence or sexuality.

Outside of the G-rated forums, strong language is acceptable only in the body of posts or the body of your excerpts, so long as it's not used in a hateful or attacking way. We do ask, however, that all participants refrain from using curse words in their Usernames, displayed novel titles, and subjects of their posts. Filtering software in schools and libraries often renders entire threads invisible when it detects a single instance of foul language, so one expletive-filled Username can make a forum unreadable to participants using public computers.

We will remove posts we deem harassing or offensive, but we will not be held liable for anything you stumble across that may anger or offend you. By signing up for NaNoWriMo, you are acknowledging that all posts made to our forums express the views and opinions of the author, and not the administrators, moderators, or webmaster (except for posts by these people).

You also agree that the webmaster, administrator, and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move, or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user, you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party, the webmaster, administrator, and moderators cannot be held responsible for any security breach that may lead to the data being compromised. The site is also crawled and cached by many major search engines, please be mindful that anything you post on the forums is essentially public. Be wary of posting other personal information such as your address, school, place of work, or phone number for this reason.

Before you post in our forums, please read our Codes of Conduct, linked in very wee print at the bottom of every page of NaNoWriMo.org.


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We recommend all participants be very skeptical of anyone they meet on the site who claims to be an agent or publisher. Especially if that person asks for an upfront payment in exchange for services. If you are approached by someone wielding a too-good-to-be-true deal, please let us know, and we'll investigate.

We have two forums for marketing and self-promotion: "Special offers from NaNo sponsors" and "Marketing, self-promotion and stuff for sale." In the "Special Offers from NaNo sponsors" forum, approved NaNoWriMo corporate sponsors may post directly about their products and services. In the "Marketing, self-promotion, and stuff for sale" forum, all NaNoWriMo participants may post. Apart from approved NaNoWriMo corporate sponsors who are posting in the "Special Offers" forum, only NaNoWriMo participants and members of the media looking to interview NaNoWriMo participants may post in the NaNoWriMo forums. If you are not a NaNoWriMo participant and would like to offer a special discount on your product or services to participants, please contact our staff with your offer instead, and allow us to post the information on your behalf.


During the event, you will be given the opportunity to upload a version of your novel to our site for word-counting purposes. All drafts uploaded to our site are counted and deleted immediately by a computer program. We do not retain or read copies of any text uploaded. To protect yourself from fears of text-thievery, though, we ask you to scramble your novel before sending it to us. Instructions for easy scrambling will be provided on the page you use to upload your novel.


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Okay. The boring part is over. Let the writing adventure begin!