The winner is:
With super-human effort, our winner John completed 50,543 words! He surged past his own 75,000 word goal for his novel and managed to make the other contestents weep in both envy and pride! (Or maybe he ate too many onions, we're not sure!)
The end result is that he will name a restaurant, and we will pay to feed him. A big, hearty congratualtions. You've earned your reward. I hope your hands aren't crampy and arthritic after all that writing. And the even better news is that you're that much closer to finishing the rough draft of your first novel.
And let's take a moment to appreciate all of the efforts made over the last two months. It was stressful, it was grueling, it was looooong. And here is the final ranking...
With Matt coming in a really close second (jumping an insane 10,000 words in three days): 48,166
And Marie not a bad third: 43,640
And Ali an okay fourth: 35,044 words
And Jenny: 16,176