Check out our events calendar below!
Want even more information about what’s going on during NaNoWriMo season? Read about our Virtual Write-Ins, YouTube Guides, #NaNoWordSprints, and our NaNo Coaches.
We can’t wait to write with you during this National Novel Writing Month.
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Submissions accepted February 1—February 28, 2019
Submit a 250-word pitch of your book for the chance to win an introduction to an agent or publisher! Seasoned editors Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry (a.k.a. The Book Doctors) team up with two guest industry insiders to form the judging panel for this annual contest. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapaloozas are educational and entertaining for one and all. All attendees come away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry.
Submissions will be accepted from February 1, 2019—February 28, 2019. The winner will be announced in a live webcast on March 16, 2019. Fan favorite voting closes April 1, and the fan favorite will be announced April 2.
Tuesday, February 6, 10 AM PST
Once again, the folks atNew Leaf Literary Agency are partnering with NaNoWriMo to bring you a tweet chat chock-full of writing, editing, and publishing advice. Take the chance to ask literary agents Kathleen Ortiz and Suzie Townsend your burning questions by following the Twitter hashtag #NaNoNewLeaf.
Landing a publishing deal almost always starts with getting a literary agent. In this webcast, Reedsy’s Erin Young and Nathan Bransford teach you how to write and submit a query letter that will make agents sit up and request your manuscript. Your publishing journey starts right here.
Don’t Abandon Your Book – Edit and Revise It!
NaNoWriMo is behind us. Now what? Join us as we explore how to move your manuscript toward completion and publication with expert publishing consultant Ally Machate. Plus, see the self-editing process in action as we work through a NaNoWriMo draft using AutoCrit, an online tool that helps you revise your manuscript with confidence.
Can’t make it to an in-person write-in? Join us at a virtual one, streamed live from NaNoWriMo HQ. After all, writing is that much easier in the company of writers from around the world!
- We write together!
- We challenge each other to word sprints.
- We offer suggested prompts to help you find inspiration.
Every year, we partner with bookish YouTube vloggers to provide you with short, fun, weekly noveling tips. This year, we’re working with our YouTube Guides to bring you an expanded Virtual Write-In schedule as well!
Our 2018 YouTube Guides are Ochuole Ode of OhSheReads, Gabe (Ava Jae) of bookishpixie, Rachael Stephen, Kristina Horner, and the WordNerds team. Check out their channels or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get a notification when new YouTube Guide videos go up!
NaNo Word Sprints
What’s a word sprint? It’s a timed writing exercise to write as quickly as you can for a set amount of time. You can take on a suggested prompt or dare, too!
Why take part in a word sprint? To rev up your writing momentum, and get you sprinting past your inner editor.
Every week of November, a published author will take over our official Twitter account, @NaNoWriMo, to answer your questions and coach you through drafting your novel.
All tweets that come from our NaNo Coaches will be signed with the hashtag #NaNoCoach. If you want to make sure your question or thoughts make their way to your coach’s clipboard, please include #NaNoCoach in your tweet, too!
Your Current NaNo Coach
2018 NaNo Coaches
Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning, Book #1 in the Sixth World Series (Saga Press), is available now. Book #2, Storm of Locusts, is out April 2019. Her middle grade novel, Race to the Sun (Rick Riordan Presents), drops Fall 2019. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.
Carolina De Robertis, a writer of Uruguayan origins, is the author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain. Her bestselling books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won numerous awards. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named her on its 100 List of people “shaping the future of culture.” She teaches writing at San Francisco State University. Her fourth novel, The Burning Edge of the World, comes out in 2019.
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was chosen as the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award’s Best Book of 2017 and the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.