A group of our intrepid authors have been scribbling and typing their fingers to the bone for the past month in our January Writing Challenge. Words are logged each day with the minimum being 100 words. The words have to be new words in a fantasy / sci-fi story.
In January we had over 40 authors pen over 1 million words, yes, that's 1,000,000 words. Wowsers! Congratulations to all those who participated.
Most Days Logged
Highest daily total
Most days in a row
Highest overall word count
Our thanks to Robin Lythgoe for the awesome prize badges
Most Days Logged
It was with great excitement that the Founders watched the word counts coming in every day of the January Writing Challenge. Many authors tied for this prize after writing each day for 31 days.
And the prize for Most Days Logged goes to Alli Martin, Avril Sabine, DM Staley, Glen Edens, Jeanette O’Hagan, Jessica Ney-Grimm and Kasper Beaumont.
Most Skin-of-the-teeth Days
Sometimes writing at all can be a challenge for our authors, due to writing, family, work or other commitments. We like to reward the authors who keep going even when pressed for time. This award for the January Writing Challenge goes to the authors who submitted the most days with word counts between 100 and 199 words. Two authors tied for this prize this month.
And the prize for Most Skin-of-the-teeth Days goes to Kristie Kiessling and Kasper Beaumont
Most words in a single day
Now this was our most hotly-contested prize. The lead changed several times as authors submitted some truly amazing totals. When LaTanya Hawkins submitted over 8,000 words on the first day we had an inkling that this challenge would be big, but we had no idea how big. On January the 9th, JC Andrijeski did 8319 and Maro Graham did 12493. The gauntlet was dropped for a super weekend battle to come.
When the dust settled on the parchment for the month, several tired authors conceded the winner. And the prize for Most Words in a Single Day goes to JC Andrijeski with a whopping 20,094. Twenty Thousand Words in One Day! Congratulations JC.
Most Days in a Row
Knowing how busy are authors are, we thought to encourage them with an award for the person with the most consecutive chain of days. To our delighted, many authors tied for this prize by writing every single day. Such dedication is impressive.
And the prize of Most Days Logged goes to Alli Martin, Avril Sabine, DM Staley, Glen Edens, Jeanette O’Hagan, Jessica Ney-Grimm and Kasper Beaumont.
Highest Overall Total
It was a nail biter, watching some huge daily totals coming in and wondering who was going to nab the big prize. We had several contenders here with monthly totals over 30,000 words each. These are: Angelique Anderson, Avril Sabine, Cassandra Fear, Cheryllynn Dyess, DM Staley, Glen Edens, JC Andrijeski, Jessica Ney-Grim, LaTanya Hawkins, Sable Schwab and Samuel Peach. Well done to you all for writing half a book or more in a month.
Our winner with a total of 127,573 words is very dedicated LaTanya Hawkins.
Congratulations to all our winners.
If you're a fantasy and sci-fi author and you'd like to join our writing challenges, please join up in the Fantasy Sci-Fi Author Support Group.