NaNoWriMo Young Writers Contests

Welcome, Writer!

Writing contests aren't really about winning. (Okay, hear us out!)

They're about giving yourself a goal to work towards, about revising your work again and again until you're a better writer than you were before, and about sending your story out into the universe where it will be read and cherished by another real, live person!

And if you win? Woo-hoo! That's a bonus.

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This is the place to find info on what, when, and how to submit to our annual contests, and to read past contest winners' work. 


2022 Contests

Submit your best creative work to one of our annual contests for the chance to see your story featured all over the online NaNoWriMo universe (and some pretty serious bragging rights).

  • *CLOSED* See winners below! The "Now What?" Contest — Submit an excerpt up to 400 words long from your NaNoWriMo novel. Submission window: February 1 - 28. 

  • In the past, we've also run a flash fiction contest. The submission window was usually in May, and the word limit was 300. We didn't have the staff power to manage that in 2021, and we're not sure about 2022, either. It might happen later in the year, or it might be canceled again. Either way, we'll update here when we know! 


Past Contest Winners

"Now What?" Novel Excerpt Contest:

Young Writers Flash Fiction Contest:


More Publishing Opportunities

Write a guest post for the NaNoWriMo blog — Got advice for other writers, young or old? Sign up for the chance to write a participant post on the NaNoWriMo blog. Fill out the interest form here, or read other YWP participant posts for inspiration. 

Self-publish your novel — Are you ready to publish your whole novel, not just an excerpt? Use Blurb's tools to print copies of your novel!