It’s almost here – the Antipodean version of NaNoWriMo. If you’re a fiction writer up for a challenge in June, why not try SoCNoC?

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The Southern Cross Novel Challenge (SoCNoC, pronounced “sock-nock”) held in June, with a long weekend and wintry weather, is NaNoWriMo for the Southern Hemisphere.

Start: 01 Jun 2008 00:00:00
End: 30 Jun 2008 23:59:59
Type: Writing
Goal: 50000 words
Participants so far: 88

The Rules

The goal is to write 50,000 words of fiction.

Generally the rules of NaNoWriMo apply but we’re a bit more flexible:
– the 50,000 words does not have to be on one novel
– you can work on an existing novel or multiple novels
– you can work on a compilation of short stories or even poems

However, for the best SoCNoC experience possible we recommend:
– you start a new novel on June 1st
– you aim to finish your novel at 50,000 words
– you aim to finish your novel by midnight on June 30th

Last, but not least, we ask that you log your word count no matter how close or how far you are from the 50,000 word goal. Last year we were only a few thousand words shy of collectively writing 1 million words. It could be your words that takes us over that mark this year.

Interested? Sign up at and join the madness!
– Sian