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October 25, 2016: The NaNoWriMo 2016 Press Release

November 6, 2015: NaNoWriMo Announces Major Grant from Amazon Literary Partnership

September 25, 2015: The NaNoWriMo 2015 Press Release

October 16, 2014: The NaNoWriMo 2014 Press Release

October 7, 2013: The NaNoWriMo 2013 Press Release

NaNoWriMo Facts

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.

See more information about NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program.

In 2015:

  • 431,626 participants, including 80,137 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
  • 1,012 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
  • 57,402 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.

Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published.
They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. See a full list of our published authors.

Each year, authors offer mentorship to our participants through pep talks. Past author mentors have included Gene Luen Yang, John Green, N. K. Jemisin, and Veronica Roth.

Read more about NaNoWriMo’s impact.


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