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List of timed artistic challenges

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NaNoWriMo has inspired many timed challenges within and outside of writing. Except as noted, all challenges are unofficial and not sanctioned by the Office of Letters and Light.

Active challenges


These challenges happen throughout the year and are not a year in length.

  • 48 Hour Film Project: Make a film in 48 hours. The 48 Hour Film Project team tours different cities year round. There is a fee to enter officially.
  • National Novel Continuing Month (NaNoCoMo): Continue a novel you've started.
  • Book in a Week: Participants write a book during the first full week of each month.
  • National Novel Writing Day: Write a novel in a day. Self-organized, but people have done it.
  • National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo): Post in your blog every day for a month. Originally in November, but now you can participate year round.
  • Album-a-Day: Write, perform, and record a musical album in a single day.
  • Script Race: Write a script in a month. This happens every month.
  • 100 Sketches, 100 Days: Draw one sketch a day for 100 days and upload them if you wish. You can begin this challenge whenever you want to.
  • National Novel Plotting Month: Set a plotting goal (characters/plot/full novel, etc.) and finish it in a month. This happens every month.
  • SongFight!: Write a song with the given title. Listeners vote, winner gets bragging rights. New title posted every ten days or so.
  • SongFu: Write a song based on monthly prompt. Deadline is two weeks from prompt posting.


These challenges start at various times throughout the year and last for a full year.








  • Camp NaNoWriMo: Write a 50,000-word novel in a month. Run by the Office of Letters and Light, Camp NaNoWriMo 2013's second session will occur in July.
  • LoCoWriMo: Write a sizable piece of original fiction in a conlang. LoCoWriMo started in October 2009, with the second and third LoCoWriMos taking place in July.
  • July Novel Writing Month (JulNoWriMo): Write a novel of at least 50,000 words in July.
  • The 50/90 Challenge: Write fifty songs in 90 days, usually between 4 July and 1 October.






Defunct and retired challenges