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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

Community Jams

These jams and challenges are created and curated by the community, with different requirements for each jam.

  • W1K Writing Jams: List of community driven jams where you can live chat with other writers.


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)
  • GrowJune: Create any natural forms of plants, trees & vegetables etc. throughout June.
  • JourneyJune: Sketch or draw a Hero's Journey themed art challenge for the month of June!
  • JuneFae: Draw all things Fae: Fairies, Pixies, Brownies, Hobgoblins, etc. during the days of June.
  • Junicorn: Draw unicorns during the month of June.
  • JuneBug: Draw bugs during the month of June.


  • 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.
  • Julycanthropy: Draw werewolves for an entire month.
  • FigureJuly: Create anything to do with the human figure using any media throughout July.


  • August Novel Writing Month (AugNoWriMo): Set your own prose writing goal for August.
  • National Noir Writing Month (NaNoirWriMo): Write a 50,000 word novel of dark fiction or in the mystery genre during August.
  • 31 Plays 31 Days: Write 31 plays in August.
  • Smaugust: Create one drawing/illustration of a dragon every day in August.
  • Fawngust: Draw fawns and other forest animals, ideally one per day.
  • Animaugust: Draw animals every day in August.
  • Pawgust: Draw anything with paws during the month of August.
  • Drawingaugust: A drawing or sketch a day or as many as you can manage throughtout August.
  • Witchgust: It did not start as a drawing challenge, but as the title of a Spanish short story book by Celia Año aka @brujadelteatro, but it ended up being a drawing and writing challenge about witches during the month of August.
  • AugustAdipose: Draw overweight people during the month of August.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Septembird : Draw birds, ideally one per day.
  • SepteMeer: Make drawings related to the sea during the month of September.
  • Paintseptember: Painting of any kind in any painting media or digital throughout September.


  • 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.
  • Whynoctober (Incomplete data)
  • MonthOfFear: The Month of Fear is a weekly art challenge created by Kristina Carroll an co-run by Jenna Kass for the month of October revolving around the subject of “Fear”. (The rules and the challenge lists can be found on their page here)
  • PaintOctober: Any sort of handmade print in any subject or media throughout October.



Defunct and retired challenges