NaNoWrimo is a veritable bastion of literary triumph. Run by its non-profit HQ, the Office of Letters and Light, NaNoWrimo is perhaps best known for its namesake month of November, when thousands of writers across the world take up their pens, pencils, quills, crayons, keyboards, or other writing paraphernalia of choice and set to the task of attempting a 50,000 word spew over a mere 30 days. NaNoWrimo also hosts two "camps" - one in April and one in July - when writers can band together and undertake a more flexible range of project sorts and lengths.
The Office of Letters and Light does more than just support existing writers, however. It helps encourage the budding ones, too. You know - the ones with crooked teeth not yet set straight by braces, the ones that are only just starting to figure out that puberty and pimple thing, the ones who aren't even sure if they're tall enough to ride on every roller coaster, let alone publish a novel.
The Young Writers Program tells them they can.
Thanks to YWP, the Office of Letters and Light puts the tools kids need in their hands - and their classrooms - in order to tell the stories, hash out the ideas, and construct the worlds upon worlds of stories they've got milling around in their head. YWP tells kids that their authorial voices are important to. And then YWP puts its money where its mouth is and makes sure kids get the support they need as proof of that, too.
Today, NaNoWrimo is hosting "Epic Giving Day" as part of its "Stories of Tomorrow" campaign to raise $10,000 for the continuation of YWP. Starting with a $10 donation, givers get goodies themselves of all types, in addition to being eligible to win some Big Prizes - schedule of what's being handed out listed below.
So hurry! Get your name on that donor list! Show the younguns they're worth believing in! And worth listening to. Just plain worth it.
Who knows, maybe you'll get something cool too.
Epic Giving Day Schedule
Join us in giving epically on Tuesday, June 17! Our goal is to raise $10,000 in one day to help us reach our $50,000 Stories of Tomorrow campaign goal. Even better? Scott Westerfeld has pledged to match all $10,000 raised on this day forward, too! That means your donation will be epic squared.
We’ll also be giving away special prizes each hour (see the hourly prizes below), and will be raffling off a Kindle Fire to one lucky person at the end of the day.*
6 AM: One (1) signed copy of NaNo author Gennifer Albin's novel Crewel; One (1) signed copy of her novel Altered; One (1) audio book of Altered
7 AM: One (1) Kindle Paperwhite
8 AM: Five (5) copies of Scrivener writing software
9 AM: Five (5) signed copies of Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds, a soon-to-be released novel whose main character is a Wrimo
10 AM: Three (3) signed copies of Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus
11 AM: One (1) Kindle Paperwhite
12 PM: One (1) set of signed copies of NaNo author Marissa Meyer's trilogy, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in a Lunar Chronicles messenger bag
1 PM: Three (3) copies of The Steampunk Bible
2 PM: Five (5) copies of Aeon Timeline creative thinking software
3 PM: A feather pen set with a sumptuous journal from Castle in the Air
4 PM: Five (5) signed copies of the new edition of NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem! from Chronicle Books
*Donation not necessary to enter the raffle. You can enter without donating here.