Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Southern Cross Novel Challenge

SO YOU SKIPPED NANOWRIMO

The total collective word count for the 2009 NaNoWriMo was 2,427,190,537. But if, like me, none of those words were yours, don't despair, we have a second chance.

You can enter the SoCNoC Challenge. (pronounced "sock-nock)

The Southern Cross Novel Challenge is a yearly event held every June. The southern hemisphere's version of National Novel Writing Month, June [comprising thirty days total, including one long weekend] was selected as the month for this challenge because it is considered the equivalent of the northern hemisphere's November in terms of weather and temperatures. This challenge is hosted by Kiwi Writers, a New Zealand-based writing group which houses members primarily based in New Zealand and Australia but stretching as far as the United States and Canada. SoCNoC is the largest writing competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

The rules for SoCNoC are simple. The goal is to write 50,000 words on one or more novels during the thirty days of June, and participants are allowed to work on an existing novel or on multiple novels. Even compilations of short stories or poems are allowed. The challenge runs from 12:00:01am on June 1 until 11:59:59 on June 30, both according to the local time of participants, and any genre and any language are accepted.

However, for the best possible experience, the staff does recommend that a new novel is begun for the challenge. They encourage participants to aim to finish their novels at both 50,000 words and at midnight [local time], June 30, when the challenge ends. [Wikipedia]
I know I'm a day late, but I'm doing it.

5 comments:

RaShelle said...

This is a great idea. I hadn't heard of this before. I'm game too. =D
ps: Love your blog page.

Jaime Theler said...

Go, go, go!!!

Rick said...

I just finished a novel (two days before the publisher's deadline), so I might rest this one out and root for you!

Jaime Theler said...

Miles for June so far:

Running = 39.8 miles
Spinning = 15 miles

I'll work on April & May. :)

Jaime Theler said...

More miles to report. 23.5 running for the rest of this week. Woot!