Promotions and Permissions
I would like to form a strategic alliance with NaNoWriMo to promote my software/website/product. Who can I talk to about this?
Please feel free to get in touch and tell us more about what you do, and how it can benefit NaNoWriMo participants.
I have a great idea for a NaNoWriMo product. Do I need permission from you to create it?
We love that you care about NaNoWriMo enough to want to bring more NaNoWriMo stuff into the world! That said, we’ve put a decade of work into making the NaNoWriMo name a shining beacon of hope, happiness, and deadline-driven terror for people everywhere, and we’re very protective of the name. We do have legal protection on the name and the logo, and we’re obligated to “defend the mark” or risk losing it. Every year we end up spending a lot of time asking people to stop creating and distributing unauthorized NaNoWriMo merchandise and products. Given our tiny staff, dealing with these issues takes precious time away from our programs. To help us put as much of our resources as possible into our events, we ask that you adhere to the following usage rules when using the NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month name or logo.
Municipal Liaisons and partners in our “Come Write In” programs have a different set of permissions. Please contact us with questions or permission requests! In the fall, it may take up to a week to get back to you with an answer.
Logo: Please do not use our logo (or parts of our logo) on anything without our permission.
Manufactured items: Please do not make any products bearing the NaNoWriMo name without our permission, even if you plan on giving those products away rather than selling them. These include t-shirts, pencils, stickers, key chains, magnetic poetry kits, alpaca training devices, and squirrel retardant sprays.
Flyers and handbills: We have official flyers available for download that we’d love you to use to promote NaNoWriMo. If those flyers don’t meet your needs, please let us know so we can make better ones that do! Because the risk of someone seeing a homemade flyer representing the organization and assuming it was created by us is very high, we ask that you use our flyers.
Digital icons, Twibbons, etc.: We’re still trying to figure out the best way to handle this. Until we come up with a genius solution, you are welcome to make and give away digital icons bearing the NaNoWriMo name. If you plan on selling them (or making money from
them), please get our permission first.
Software and applications: We love that you want to make software for NaNoWriMo participants! Please do not include our name in the name of your software or application, and please so let us know when the software will be available for download. We might be able to help you get the word out about it!