Winning for NaNoWriMo starts on November 25!
Here's all the information you need to be sure your brilliant work gets officially validated:
The start time for validating your word count to win NaNoWriMo is November 25 at 12:00 AM.
The deadline for validating your word count to win NaNoWriMo is November 30 at 11:59 PM.
To validate your word count, copy-and-paste the entire text of your novel into the Word Count Validator. If your count meets or exceeds your goal, you have won NaNoWriMo! You should see a page just for you, stocked with winner goodies.
Sometimes, the Word Count Validator disagrees with the word count provided by your word-processing program. If the Word Count Validator has shaved off enough words to prevent you from winning, you may add random text (see below) or simply duplicate a section of your novel before pasting it in again.
If you're handwriting your novel, you will still need to validate your word count to win. The best way to do this is to use a random text generator to simulate your word count. You can then paste that into the Word Count Validator.
If you plan to continue working through November 30, be sure you've updated your time zone. We want you to have all the noveling hours you need.
Passwords for the publishing offer will be available after December 10. If you have won, look for a password on your winner's page.
Congratulations on all your hard work so far. You should be proud no matter what your word count! Please consult the FAQs or contact us if you have any questions about the winning process.