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One month. 10,000 words. Are you ready?

The 10K Social Writing Challenge starts on
the 1st of every March and October.

Write 10,000 words

This is your chance to add 10,000 words to your novel, whether it's currently a blank page or halfway done.

Win an award

You could be an award-winning writer by the end of the month! You'll also appear in the What Inspires Your Writing? blog as a Challenge winner.

Receive feedback

Develop your talent and build confidence in your writing skills by receiving friendly feedback from other participants.

E-mails that motivate

I'll send you daily e-mails to help you stay on track and motivate you to keep writing.

Meet other writers

You'll have opportunities to make connections—or even friends—with other writers during the Challenge.

Post your word count

Show off your progress and keep yourself on track by posting your daily word count.

Ready to kick your writing into high gear?

Currently, the Challenge is not accepting signups. Check back soon!

Recent award winners

Apparent Power
by Dacia Arnold

Most Buzz Award
~March 2017~
Ghost of my Heart (working title)
by Leah Lindeman

Challenge Choice Award
~October 2017~

See more award winners...

More than a writing challenge.
It's an experience.

I don't think I've ever wanted to work so hard for something before. The morning I opened the email informing me The Girl with White Hair had won an award, I was half asleep and squinting to read the screen. There was this pause where I processed it, followed by the biggest flood of relief and sense of achievement. I'd written for hours on the last night of the challenge trying to hit that 10,000 word mark and I am so happy that I managed to get through and finish.”

Bexx Matthews, winner, Most Buzz Award, October 2017

I loved the Challenge. I work anywhere from 36-74 hours a week so the lower daily word count made this Challenge very managable for me. I also love that I've been able to connect with other writers, which is something I've always found a bit difficult to do.”

—Sibille Rose, author of A Crack in the Mirror

The Challenge pushed me to write more than I ever have before—every day—which in itself has given me so much pleasure. I have made a start on my very first novel, which is something I'd always thought only other people did! The sense of pride and personal achievement is immense. I have made some new friends who share my enthusiasm and excitement in the process. I think that's one of the crucial elements, actually: to be encouraged by a community of writers who understand how difficult the process can be. Truth be told, after I reached the high of achieving the target of 10,000 words, I was very disappointed that it was all over. I am convinced that this month will absolutely stand out as one of the high points of this year for me.”

Liberty Henwick, winner, Fan Favorite Award, March 2017

This Challenge was a huge boost for my writing and my ego. It was refreshing to receive so much feedback on my work-in-progress that I can't stop now. Thank you for creating this amazing opportunity.”

Dacia Arnold, winner, Most Buzz Award, March 2017

Ready to kick your writing into high gear?

Currently, the Challenge is not accepting signups. Check back soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 10K Social Writing Challenge?

It's a way to challenge yourself to make 10,000 words' worth of progress on your novel in a single month, connect with other writers, start "getting your name out there" and building your readership, and even possibly win an award for your work!

Why 10,000 words?

By focusing on a relatively small number of words—instead of, say, 50,000—you'll be able to put more thought into what you’re writing, and end up with a solid foundation for a great novel that you can build on over time.

Although 10,000 words may sound like a lot, keep in mind that it's actually about 350 words a day, or a few paragraphs' worth. Manageable for sure!

I've already started on my novel. Can I still enter?

Yes! We encourage preparing materials in advance so that you don't have to start cold. This includes outlines, character sketches, even unfinished books you've already posted on ChapterBuzz. Heck, bring your 50,000 words from the last NaNoWriMo!

As long as you write 10,000 new words during the Challenge month, you'll be eligible for an award.

Are there any prizes or awards?

Several awards, in a variety of categories, will be given to writers at the end of the Challenge. We'll be recognizing both raw writing ability and how well your manuscript-in-progress is received by your fans during the Challenge. Just think, you could be an award-winning writer by the end of the Challenge! See previous winners

Does it cost money to enter?

Nope, it's totally free!

Can I write more than 10,000 words?

Absolutely! If you're on a roll, keep on going—10,000 words is a goal, not a limit. You can also write as many words as you wish on any given day, then record your word count with pride!

Can I write in any language?

At this time, since our common language is English, we won't be able to read your story, provide feedback, or give you an award if it's written in another language.

However, you're still welcome to participate in the Challenge and record your word count each day no matter what language you write in—all you need is the desire and drive to write 10,000 words!

Is any genre allowed?

We have a good answer in the general ChapterBuzz FAQ: Is any genre allowed?

How do I post my chapters?

Please see the "How do I...?" section of the general ChapterBuzz FAQ.

Do I have to post my writing publicly?

You do not have to post your material publicly in order to complete the Challenge, but you would be missing out on half the fun! Feedback from readers can be especially useful and informative at this stage. You would also not be eligible for an award since we wouldn't be able to read your story.

What if I'm not confident in my writing, or unsure about the best way to write my novel?

At this stage, don't worry about how great your writing is—just do your best. Since 10,000 words is only a fraction of the length of a novel, it's still very much a rough draft this early on. Recognizing that it by no means has to be perfect might take the pressure off just enough to accomplish the real objective: getting those words onto paper.

See also: I'm nervous. Will I fit in at ChapterBuzz?

Am I required to invite readers or request feedback?

It's not a requirement, but it's a great side benefit of posting your work on ChapterBuzz. Other Challenge participants and site members can become fans by clicking "I'm a Fan!" on your profile, and you can easily ask for feedback using our discussion feature.

If you do wish to invite friends, family, and blog followers to read your work, use our special invite page to make it easier!

How do I record my word count?

You can post your daily word count on your profile for the world to see your progress. On your Challenge Dashboard, click on "Post today's count" and you'll be prompted to post your update.

Alternatively, from your profile page, your daily word counts will be displayed on the right side of the screen. Clicking "Post update" underneath any of the days will allow you to change that day's word count.

Ready to kick your writing into high gear?

Currently, the Challenge is not accepting signups. Check back soon!

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