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Start a Camp project! Plus, changes to the YWP site...

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You may have noticed the Camp NaNoWriMo dare appearing on your Dashboard and thought to yourself, "Self, what the heck is this Camp NaNoWriMo thing, and why should I join it?" 

We've got answer! And bug spray! And tent poles! Well, actually just answers: Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing event that happens in April and July. It's different from NaNoWriMo in November because you can work on ANY type of creative project, not just a novel. First drafts or revision, scripts or stories or poems or essays—all are welcome! Just accept the challenge from your Dashboard or View All Novels page to get started, or click the button below to learn more about it.

Visit Camp on YWP to learn more!

Changes to the YWP Site

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Things have been happening behind the scenes on the YWP site!

Before, if you wanted to set a new word-count challenge for a novel, you had to start a brand new novel too. That meant that some of you had to start a lot of new novels and name them things like "My Novel Part 1," "My Novel Part 2," and so on, just to keep setting new word-count goals for a single project.

Well, now things are different. Now, you can set as many word-count challenges as you want for a single project. 

For example, you can decide to accept the April Camp NaNoWriMo challenge with a novel you've already started. That way, you can keep working on it! Just click the "Continue working on a novel I've already started" button when the challenge invite appears on your Dashboard. 

You can do the same thing with Personal Challenges. Like, for example, if you if you don't want to do Camp, but you want to keep working on a novel you already started, now you can go ahead and set a new word-count challenge for it yourself. To do this, open the novel and click the "Set a new personal challenge!" button that appears in the Challenge box. 

You can keep doing this as long as you want! The only rule is that you can only have ONE active or upcoming challenge per novel. For example, you can't set one hundred word-count challenges for a single project - you have to finish (or leave) your current or upcoming challenge before you can set a new one. (To leave a challenge, open up the novel in the writing space, then click the wrench next to the challenge's name.)

We hope we designed this new feature well enough that it won't be too confusing to use, but if it is (or if something goes wrong), don't panic! You can email, ask in the Tech Help forums, or send a message to Marya_Brennan using the Message a Moderator tool from your Dashboard.

Happy writing!

Contest Updates

Now What? Young Writers Contest

We received over 600 novel excerpt submissions, the most we've ever gotten! As the person who reads them all first, I am SO impressed and grateful to you all for sharing the characters and worlds  you've built. Honestly, I've read so many of them and felt like, "Wait, I want more! Give me the whole novel!" You all should be super proud, seriously.

We'll announce results in early April (that gives us time to choose finalists, and for our guest author judge Christina Li to choose winners). If you sent in your work, thank you! We know it can be scary (and exciting) to send your story out into the world, and we appreciate your bravery. Please consider sharing your excerpt in the "Now What?" contest forum and reading other young writers' hard work.

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