Privacy Policy

National Novel Writing Month takes your privacy seriously. We make every reasonable effort to keep your account secure and your personal information private. Our program received a rare 5-star rating from Common Sense Education.

We also make every reasonable effort to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”), and we collect and display information differently for young writers under 13 years of age. We've signed the Student Privacy Pledge and the California Student Data Privacy Agreement ("CSDPA"). If we make substantive changes to this policy, we will make reasonable effort to notify you via email, with the option to discontinue your use of the site.

Our Privacy Policy delineates the information we collect, display, and share. 


What We Collect (Under-13 Writers)

The YWP website collects the following information upon registration:

  • Username
  • First name
  • Birthdate
  • Parent or guardian email address (optional if you sign up with an educator's classroom code)
  • Password
  • Security question answers

You have the option to provide:

  • Avatar graphic
  • Non-identifying profile information (e.g., favorites and interests)
  • Novel information

You can access, edit, and delete this information any time via your Profile & Settings.


What We Collect (13 and Older Writers)

The YWP website collects the following information upon registration:

  • Username
  • First name
  • Birthdate
  • Email address (optional if you sign up with an educator's classroom code)
  • Password
  • Security question answers

You have the option to provide:

  • Avatar graphic
  • Non-identifying profile information (e.g., favorites and interests)
  • Novel information

You can access, edit, and delete this information any time via your Profile & Settings.


What We Collect (Educators)

The YWP website collects the following information upon registration:

  • Username
  • Educator name
  • School name
  • Birthdate
  • Email address
  • Password
  • Security question answers
  • Zip code

You have the option to provide:

  • Avatar graphic
  • Non-identifying profile information (e.g., favorites and interests)
  • Novel information
  • Classroom information
  • Classroom graphic

You can access, edit, and delete this information any time via your Profile & Settings or your Classroom Admin page.


What We Don’t Collect (or Allow)

The YWP website does not, and will never, collect the following:

  • Last name
  • Physical address
  • Telephone number
  • Social security number
  • Geolocation information

We also do not allow users to share these, or any other information that may be personally identifying, via their profiles or forum posts.


IP Addresses and Cookies

The YWP website collects IP addresses and uses browser cookies. We use these only to help you interact with the site, not to gather any further personal information.


What We Display (13 and Older Users)

The YWP website displays your profile information to other users. This includes:

  • Username
  • Avatar graphic
  • Non-identifying profile information (e.g., favorites and interests)
  • Novel information

Your profile information can be accessed by other users via your forum and classroom posts. It cannot be searched or found otherwise, except by site administrators.


What We Display (Under-13 Users)

The YWP website displays your profile information only to your educator(s) and other members of your classroom. This includes:

  • Username
  • Avatar graphic
  • Non-identifying profile information (e.g., favorites and interests)
  • Novel information

Your profile information cannot be searched or found otherwise, except by site administrators.

The YWP website does not allow under-13 users to post in forums.


What We (Don’t) Share

National Novel Writing Month will not share any of your information with third parties, unless it is necessary for safety or legal purposes.

In the event that National Novel Writing Month is involved in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, change of control, or any form of sale of some or all of our assets, your personal information may be transferred or disclosed in connection with such business transaction. If the transaction involves the transfer Personal Information to a third party, we will require the new owner to continue to honor the terms provided in this Privacy Policy, or we will provide you with notice and an opportunity to opt-out of the transfer by deleting Personal Information before the transfer occurs.


Deleting Personal Information

Profile information is stored indefinitely unless it is edited or deleted via Profile & Settings. Writers, parents, and guardians may delete an account (and revoke NaNoWriMo's access to any submitted information) by pressing "Delete My Account."


Contact Us

If you have questions about the Privacy Policy or any other concerns related to the YWP website, please email us at ywp_help@nanowrimo.org.