For those of you who don't already know, Nanowrimo, that is National Novel Writing Month, is an annual challenge to write 50,000 words of fiction in one 30 day month. Originally only in November, the Camp Nanowrimo program has spread the event to June and August as well. To give the participants a little more motivation, Angrykittykj came up with the great idea of having badges for the participants in Camp Nanowrimo to earn through achievements in writing and participation in the Nanowrimo community. This site is to serve as a place for anyone who would like to earn these badges to view the current list, get images of the badges they've earned, share with everyone when they have earned one, and get any questions or ideas they might have about the badges answered. I hope you enjoy. :)


On these pages you will find details and rules for what exactly needs to be done in order to earn each of the badges developed and compiled by the lovely people on the Nanowrimo forums, but to use a famous quote, they're more like guidelines than actual rules. They are for people who like to know exactly what is needed and when, people like me who like to have rules to follow for things like this. If this is not you, then don't worry about them. Like the actual Nanowrimo event, these badges are a matter of personal accomplishment, and if you do not need to follow the rules I typed up in order to feel accomplished, then feel free to interpret the badges as you see best. There are a few places in here where it is implied that not doing things according to what's written there is cheating. I can assure you that this is due entirely to laziness on my part, specifically being too lazy to think of a better way of putting it. If you feel like you deserve the badges you award yourself, then you do. The only way you can possibly cheat here is if you feel like you are cheating yourself. Just like the wonderful Office of Letters and Light, we not only accept rebels here, we encourage them. Seriously, we even have a few badges just for you guys.

Horseshoes and Hand-grenades

You earn this badge when you've written 49,000 words during one 30 day event. You're almost there! Just one thousand words to go to the finish line! You've made it past the first 95% and are in the home stretch, so don't back down! Keep writing and get to that finish line! After all, close only counts in horse-shoes and hand-grenades.

You can earn this badge at any time during the event, with or without other badges. But, if you've gotten it, you should also have Goed Begonnen, Swimming Lessons, Half Gewonnen, and Blue Arrow.

Idea and image by me again.
Another take on the image by Mayasennara.


  1. Crumbs, I earned this one last night... and didn't realise! Oh well, surprise!!!! :)

  2. Just reached it! Hoping to get the Big Kahuna in another half hour or so! :)

  3. Yay! Just got this one! Almost there!