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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 National Novel Writing Month.

Active challenges


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

  • A Round of Words in 80 Days: Write to your own goal, update your blog with your goal and progress and update the community on Twitter using #ROW80. Each 'round' is 80 days, and there are four per year, but you can join at any time.
  • 24 Hour Writing Contest: Compose a short story associated with the given prompt and within the word count. $5 entry, token cash prizes available, and publication on the site. Note: link expired.
  • 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.
  • 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. Note: link expired.
  • 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. Note: link expired.
  • SongFight!: Write a song with the given title. Listeners vote, the winner gets bragging rights. New title posted every ten days or so.
  • SongFu: Write a song based on monthly prompt. The deadline is two weeks from the prompt posting.
  • Steve The WriMo Forum: Do a NaNo-style challenge every month for writing, planning, plotting, editing, etc., and hangout/have fun with fellow writers. The *new home* of FebNoWriMo, MarchNoWriMo, National May Writing Month (NaMayWriMo), SeptNoWriMo, and NaNoPlotMo. Note: potentially a retired forum.
  • Write-a-book-in-a-day: Write, edit, illustrate, and bind a children's book in 12 hours. There is a fee to enter officially.
  • National Journal Writing Month: Write a journal entry every day for a month with optional extra challenges. Takes place in January, April, July, and October.
  • Draw 100 Somethings : Create a series of 100 different concept drawings/illustrations of one subject (boats, planes, robots, aliens, etc.).
  • FaunaFocus: Create artwork inspired by the featured animal of the month. Includes a competition; entries are judged live on Twitch.
  • Drawn & Quarantined: Spend up to one hour drawing online from a prompt. Two prompts are given daily.


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

  • WriYe: Write several novels in a year, often involving setting your own goals.
  • 6 Months, 6 Novels: Write a novel every other month, starting in January.
  • The 365 Project: Take a photo every day for a year.







  • NaNoMangO: Participants draw thirty pages of sequential art. The June challenge is for those who want the extra challenge or can't participate in November.
  • Solo Photo Book Month (SoFoBoMo): Take at least 35 photos and create a photo book in a "fuzzy month". SoFoBoMo 2010 goes into July, depending on when you begin.
  • JuNoWriMo: Write a novel of at least 50,000 words in June.
  • Kaijune: Create one drawing/illustration of a monster every day in June. (Kaijū 怪獣)


  • Camp NaNoWriMo: Write a 50,000-word (or other goal) project in a month. Run by National Novel Writing Month.
  • 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.
  • Art Fight: A month-long event in which you earn points for your team by drawing other peoples' characters.



  • 24 Hour Writing Contest: Compose a short story associated with the given prompt and within the word count. $5 entry, token cash prizes available and publication on the site. Saturday, September 27th, noon, CST.
  • Three-Day Novel Contest: Write a novel in three days. Conducted on Labor Day weekend. There is an fee to enter officially and have a chance for publication because of the contest.
  • September Novel Writing Month (SeptNoWriMo): An offshoot of the original SeptNoWriMo. Participants set their own planning, writing or editing goals for September. Challenge has moved to Steve The WriMo Forum, but old data is still accessible at September Novel Writing Month.
  • NaNoPlanMo [1] : Plan your NaNo Novel for 25 hours. September 1-October 20.
  • Sketchtember : Create one digital or traditional sketch every day in September.
  • Shiptember: A recent challenge that started in 2016, it encourages participants to draw a ship per day through the whole month of September. Prompts were just included in 2018.


  • Spectober!: A mixed bag writing and NaNo prep challenge .SpecNoWriMo - Write any type of speculative fiction during October. Any goal. NaNoPrepMo - A whole bunch of fun activities and challenges to help you prepare for NaNoWriMo during October! Spectober 2014 is now up!
  • 24 Hour Comics Day: Create 24 consecutive comic book pages in 24 hours. 24 Hour Comics Day will take place on October 5, 2013.
  • Gothic Novel Writing Month (GothNoWriMo): Write a novel of the gothic literature genre in October. Participants set their own word count goal.
  • October Poetry Writing Month (OctPoWriMo): Write 31 poems in October.
  • Inktober: Create one ink drawing every day in October.
  • Drawtober: Create one digital or traditional drawing every day in October.
  • Drawlloween: Create one digital or traditional Halloween drawing every day in October.
  • Goretober: Create one digital or traditional gore themed drawing every day in October.



Defunct and retired challenges