The Clarion West Write-a-thon is ready to start rolling, but I think this year it will be rolling without me as a participant. This year is too rich with deadlines already for me to add any more. My pledge is just to not drop the ball on my current projects while the workshop is running.
However, I do recommend you take a look at the writers participating, and see if you're up for sponsoring one of them. Michael Swanwick! Eileen Gunn! Paul Park! And a gorgeously long list of up-and-comers to sponsor.
I'm sponsoring a Clarion West 1996 classmate of mine, Elizabeth McDowell, and as many of the participants who have been students in classes I helped run as I can afford.
Not only does your sponsorship help support a great writer's workshop, but it also encourages writers to get words on paper (or send out their work, or do whatever else they have pledged to do for the write-a-thon.
Torture writers! Encourage them to write! Feel the power!