Motto: Quantity, not quality!
Camp, as the name suggests, is the same thing but during the summer, in June and August, and you can participate in one or both. A feature that Camp has that November doesn’t is cabins: you can be put in a cabin with 4-6 other participants as your own private little messageboard. You can request your friends, be sorted by genre, or just ask to be surprised.
Note: You need to have at least updated your profile with a title to be allocated a cabin.
Who can participate?
Anyone! Of any age and any income, as it’s also completely free!
Those over the age of 13 are expected to complete the whole 50,000 word target. It should be written solo, but that is the only requirement; it can be in any language and, as no one will be reading it except the wordcount robots that verify it, (you’re advised to scramble the text if you’re still worried) it can be as nonsensical as you like.
Those under 13 can still join in! The Young Writers’ Program lets them do the same thing alongside the main event, but set their own goals. They can also write in pairs, or groups, or even as a classroom.
Of course, it’s all intended to be fun, so there are absolutely no penalties for starting and not winning (nor would anyone know if you wrote it with a friend if you could do it without feeling guilty), or even signing up and not starting if real life gets in the way!
What do I get?
Aside from bragging rights that you’ve written a novel?
All events give you a certificate, but November is the only one where “winning” gets you more: you have the opportunity to get a code that enables you to get free proof copies of your book (not including shipping.) This code is valid until the end of June, which gives you plenty of time to do at least one edit.
As your username is valid on all the related official sites, you could sign up and use your Camp novel to “win” and get a code, and publish that.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you for money. And neither are they, although they do ask for donations if you can (which gets you a halo for your profile picture!) and there is a store with some rather enticing products.
The point of this section, though, is to tell you that you could use this as an opportunity to raise money for your favourite charity. Lots of people get sponsors and in the examples I’ve seen, they do it by uploading their work in progress to a blog or somewhere, but I’m sure you could find your own way.
Helping with charity has become an annual thing for the London nanoers, who participate in an event called Guerilla Novelling. One day in November they all get together with their laptops/notebooks/signs/merchandise and walk around London, stopping in several locations to do a bit of writing.
If you do join, let me know! This is me: jozie. I’ll be doing the June event, probably November, and possibly even August. I realize this is being posted far too late for you to want to do it in June (unless you have nothing better to do, anyway), but you still can, there’s no deadline!