Wikipedia:Articles for creation

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Welcome to Articles for creation!

The Articles for creation (AfC) process is designed to assist any editor in creating a new page as a draft article, which they can work on and submit for review and feedback when ready. The AfC process must be used by non-registered users and by those who do not yet have sufficient editing experience because these groups of editors are not permitted to create articles directly in Wikipedia's mainspace. The AfC process should also be used by anyone with a conflict of interest.

Established users in good standing, however, are encouraged not to clutter up the project with pages that do not need support or guidance from AfC reviewers. If you are not required to use the AfC process but still need time to work on a new article before it's ready for mainspace, please do not submit it for review.

Writing an encyclopedic article from scratch is not easy. We recommend that you first gain some experience by adding material to articles that already exist, or by helping out with other tasks. You should read the page Help:Your first article to avoid common mistakes, and save your hard work from being deleted. In some circumstances, it may be more appropriate to request a simple redirect to an existing article than to try to create a new one.

Creating an article

Before you start writing, here are some things you should have in mind:

  • Make sure that the topic is notable enough for an article. Is it already covered in an existing article? If not, there is a very good chance that the topic is not notable and will never be accepted as an article. If yes, have you improved that coverage? Improving existing content is a much more successful way of contributing to Wikipedia.
  • Articles should reflect only what reliable sources have said about the topic, and all articles need references to reliable sources.
  • If you have a conflict of interest with the topic you are writing about, you should disclose it on the draft's talk page.
  • If you are being paid to contribute to Wikipedia, you must—under the Wikimedia Foundation's terms of usedisclose who is paying you, who the client is, and any other relevant affiliation.
  • The draft should not have category declarations on it that cause it to be categorized as a finished article. If and when the page is accepted by a reviewer, it will have categories added to it at that time; however, categories present on the page while it's still in draft form will be either removed or disabled per WP:DRAFTNOCAT.
  • If you have an idea for the title of an article, but no content for the article itself, you can make a suggestion at Wikipedia:Requested articles.

Your article title will have "Draft:" in front of it until it is accepted as an article. To start a new draft, click the button below:

Submitting for review

When you are finished, you can submit your article for review by clicking the button "Submit for review". If you don't see this button, you can add the code {{subst:submit}} to the top of your draft (remember to switch to the source editor first). If you see a yellow box saying "Review waiting, please be patient", you have successfully submitted your draft for review. If you don't see this box, you can ask for help at the Articles for Creation help desk.

Please note that getting a review can take several weeks, but that your draft will be reviewed eventually. Attempting to bypass the process by moving the page, or cutting and pasting it into a new mainspace article, may lead to the page being moved back into draftspace again, speedy-deleted or listed for AFD, and repeated attempts may even lead to you being temporarily or permanently blocked from editing Wikipedia due to disruption. In the meantime, we hope that you expand some of our already existing articles.

Warning: There is an ongoing scam designed to target new users and Articles for Creation participants on Wikipedia in order to steal from them. Users pretending to be volunteers will ask for money or other forms of payment in exchange for assistance, or to have a draft page or article published for them. The assistance provided to you by legitimate Wikipedia editors and volunteers will always be completely free of charge. Real Wikipedia editors will never contact or solicit you for payment or compensation of any kind in exchange for assistance.

If anyone contacts you in order to solicit any "premium" or "paid" Wikipedia services, assistance, or support to you, or if anyone attempts to persuade you to pay (or "donate") any amount of money or provide compensation of any amount or of any kind in exchange for assistance with publishing your article, it is a scam.

  • Do not reply or respond to them - even if to tell them that you know or are aware of their attempts to scam you. Stop all communication with them immediately.
  • Do not agree, promise, plan, arrange, or attempt to send any kind of payment or compensation to them.
  • Do not follow any of their directions or instructions.
  • Do not believe anything they tell you as being truthful or legitimate.
  • Do not give them any of your personal information or account information.
  • Do not click on or follow any website links or URLs that they send or give to you.

If anyone attempts to contact or solicit you in this (or a similar) manner, please forward a copy of the entire email conversation, including email headers, to After you have done so, delete all correspondence that you've received from them. See this scam warning for detailed information.

Creating redirects, adding categories or uploading files

Because many minor subjects may not meet our 'Notability' requirements, it is often better to create a simple Redirect to an existing article from an alternative name, rather than to try to create a completely new article from scratch. (For example: the name of a non-notable musician in an otherwise notable rock band could be made to redirect a reader to the article about that band, and where that person is mentioned).


Experienced editors are always needed to participate in reviews. The guide for doing so can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/Reviewing instructions.

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Old drafts

Old drafts, drafts that have been unedited for more than six months, are routinely deleted (see WP:CSD#G13). Once deleted, they can be recovered at WP:REFUND/G13. A category listing drafts approaching G13 status can be found at Category:AfC G13 eligible soon submissions with the oldest drafts at the top of the category. These can be reviewed and nominated for deletion or improved for mainspace.

Some old drafts have been identified as "promising", but without any active editor actually committing to working on them. See Category:Promising draft articles and Category:AfC postponed G13. Consider browsing these drafts for topics that you would like to improve and move to mainspace. If it reasonably appears that {{Promising draft}} or Category:AfC postponed G13 are not merited, you may remove them but consider first discussing the matter with the original placer of the template or category.