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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

JANO 2015 Writing all done!

Thank you to all the participants! Well done on your writing!
2015 was grand. Enjoy your victories -- and starting editing. ;)


If you "win" JANO by writing 50,000 words in the next 31 days, then your name will be entered into a drawing for $100 cash prize. We will hold the drawing from all the 50,000 word winners at the party February 7th.

Thank you to our generous anonymous donor who made this additional prize available for this year!

Join in the fun. Participate by joining the janowriters yahoo. email group and start your keyboards clicking. It is free to join and you too could have a rough draft of a novel and $100 by February.

Happy writing!

About Jano
During January, 2010, Sleuths’ Ink held it’s first-ever JANO challenge. Modeled after the popular National Novel Writing Month in November, JANO begins in, you guessed it, January.
Participants are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel during January. Join us and kick off the new year with a novel in progress! 

Two good reasons we picked January 2015: 
1) You get an extra day to write. To complete 50,000 words during January, you only need to write 1,613 words a day.

2) The holidays are over. Winter has set in. What  better way to spend a long, dreary month than writing a novel?

Over the past few years, participants from across the nation entered our challenge. Many of them reached their 50,000 goal, with a few actually receiving a contract for their completed JANO project.

To celebrate JANO members’ successes, Sleuths’ Ink will sponsor a party February 7, 2015. Details are forthcoming. As always, during the party, prizes will be awarded to our JANO 2015 participants.  See categories below.  In addition, we're giving away a $100 grand prize to one lucky JANO participant at our annual December holiday party.  The winner of this grand prize must be a Sleuths’ Ink member in good standing as of February 1, 2015 and must have written a minimum of 25,000 words in 2015.

JANO Categories:
  1. First to 50,000 words in January
  2. Second to 50,000 words in January
  3. Third to to 50,000 words in January
  4. Best Title
  5. Best First Paragraph 
  6. Most Unique Character Name
  7. Best Blurb – 100 words or less  

KEEP IN MIND: a Blurb is often used in your query letter to sell your story to an editor or what is found on the back of the book to grab your potential reader’s attention.

  • Participant MUST have written at least 10,000 words to be eligible for prizes
  • Must be on the janowriters yahoo email loop.
  • No acceptances after MIDNIGHT January 31, 2015 deadline. NO exceptions!!!
Attendees of the Wrap-Up Party judge the last four categories on Saturday February 7th, 2015 and prizes awarded accordingly. You do not have to be in attendance to win, but we encourage everyone within driving distance to come join the FUN!


Sleuths' Ink will hold its SIXTH Annual JANO in 2015 beginning January 1. Please join us and kick off the new year by writing a new novel or adding new words only to a work in progress. 

Rules: There may be no actual writing on your JANO novel until January 1, but you may plot your novel and create character sketches before January 1, 2015. On that date, write like mad (no editing) the entire month in order to reach the 50,000-word goal.  This year seven prizes will be awarded to JANO participants. All donations are greatly appreciated.

JANO is sponsored by Sleuths’ Ink, a mystery and suspense writers’ non-profit organization in Springfield, Missouri. Contact: S.K. Jarkins  JANO 2015 Chair jano2015 [at] yahoo [dot] com