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Having participated in 7 novel marathons (6 Muskoka Novel Marathons in Huntsville & 1 Great Canadian Winter Novel Marathon in Pickering), I’m so happy to see that a new one has sprung up! Here in Toronto! And not only that, but it seems like the mastermind behind the great success of both the Muskoka Novel Marathon and the Great Canadian Winter Novel Marathon is responsible for this new one. So I already know it’s going to be fantastic! Martin Avery + Novel Marathon = Huge Success and a Wonderful Experience


As near as I can tell, the upcoming marathon only has a Facebook page at the moment. I think it may be launching a website soon, though, as registrations for the event will be opening March 1st.

So, if you are in the Toronto area…you have to mark your calendars! There is nothing more creativity inspiring than a 3-day novel marathon. It looks like there is going to be room for 30 writers to attend this marathon. In a city with thousands upon thousands of writers, one would think those 30 spots would fill up almost instantly.

Toronto Novel Marathon tagline: Writers in support of recovery for men, women, families. A special event fundraiser for women and men with addictions issues. Funds raised go to Renascent.

You can go to the TNM Facebook page to learn all the details. To date, they have the rules and other information posted. I would suggest clicking ‘LIKE’ while you’re there, so you can get any updates as they occur.

Quick Details:

  • Registration Opens March 1, 2014
  • Registration Cost is $100
  • Each Registrant Must Meet the Minimum of $500 in Sponsorship Pledges
  • Top Prize: Top Manuscripts will be guaranteed a sympathetic reading by Tim Inkster of the Porcupine’s Quill and Rick Wilks of Annick Press.
  • The marathon will take place in the heart of downtown, near Yonge and Bloor Streets. Facility is air conditioned.
  • Marathon to take place in August.
  • Maximum Manuscript Length is 300 Pages
  • Entrants will begin writing no earlier than 7.00 p.m. on the first day (Friday) of the marathon and end not later than 7:00 p.m. on the final day (Monday) of the marathon.


I guarantee I will be at my keyboard on registration day, attempting frantically to secure one of the 30 spots! I love the whole marathon experience. From afar, you cannot begin to imagine how daunting a task it would be to sit and write for 72 hours. But once you do it once, you’re hooked. It’s like heroin for the writer’s soul. You’ll want to write ALL your novels this way. Take the leap!

Hope to see you there!