Wikipedia:Contests

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Wikipedia has various contests from time to time -- for good writing, site and logo designs, or great images or media -- to encourage and recognize brilliant, unusual, or specially-targeted contributions.

Contests have also been run on various other Wikimedia projects, generally eliciting excitement and support; the Wikinews writing contest in March/April and the second German writing contest (part of the International writing contest) both attracted over 10 unusual prizes from the community to hand out to the lucky/skillful winners.

You can also add to Ideas for new contests if you have a good idea for a contest and you can use this Toolkit model to reduce the time it takes to set up your contest.

Contests[edit]

Writing[edit]

Competition Version Status Duration About Signup, Results
International writing contest - Closed ca March 2005 A coordinated contest across a number of Wikipedias. winners | on meta
Deshipidian 2008 - Closed ca 2008 arranged by WikiProject:Bangladesh
WikiCup 2007 Closed ca 2007 Results
WikiCup 2008 Closed ca 2008 Results
WikiCup 2009 Closed ca 2009 Results
WikiCup 2010 Closed ca 2010 Results
WikiCup 2011 Closed ca 2011 Results
WikiCup 2012 Closed ca 2012 Results
WikiCup 2013 Closed ca 2013 Results
WikiCup 2014 Closed ca 2014 Results
WikiCup 2015 Closed ca 2015 Results
WikiCup 2016 Closed 1 Jan - 31 Oct 2016 Results
WikiCup 2017 Closed 1 Jan - 31 Oct 2017 Results
WikiCup 2018 Closed 1 Jan - 31 Oct 2018 Results
WikiCup 2019 Closed 1 Jan - 31 Oct 2019 Results
WikiCup 2020 Closed 1 Jan - 31 Oct 2020 Results
WikiCup 2021 Closed 1 Jan - 31 Oct 2021 Results
Bacon WikiCup 2010 Closed Adding bacon-related content Winners
Bacon WikiCup 2011 Closed Adding bacon-related content Winners
Bacon WikiCup 2012 Closed Adding bacon-related content Winners
Awaken the Dragon 2016 Closed 1 Apr - 2 May 2016 Contest run by WikiProject Wales
The West Country Challenge 2016 Closed 8 Aug - 4 Sep 2016 A contest/editathon aimed at improving the quality and quantity of coverage of Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
The Great Britain and Ireland Destubathon 2020 Closed March 2020
Wiki Loves Women #15Challenge Writing Contest 2016 Closed 15 Jan 2016 - 31 Jan 2016 15 days to create (at least) 15 biographies on notable African women
Wiki Loves Women #16WikiWomen Translation Drive 2017 Closed 20 Feb 2017 - 6 March 2017 16 days to make available biographies on 16 notable African women, in at least 16 languages
Wiki Loves Women #17African feminists 2017 Closed 01 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 Biographies about African feminists
Military history Contest Ongoing Rolling competition each month that awards points for improving articles
WikiGrail 2012 Closed Competition run by WikiProject Christianity
Stub Contest 2004 Closed
Stub Contest 2013 Closed
Stub Contest 2014 Closed
Stub Contest 2015 Closed
Stub Contest 2019 Closed 1 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 Women in Red biographies
Tyop Contest 2014 Closed
Wikimania 2005:Writing contest 2005 Closed
Danny's contest 2004 Closed Oct 2004
Danny's contest 2004 Closed Nov 2004
The Core Contest 2007 Closed 25 Nov - 9 Dec 2007 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest Mar 2012 Closed 10 Mar - 31 Mar 2012 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest Aug 2012 Closed Aug 2012 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest 2013 Closed Apr 2013 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest 2014 Closed 10 Feb - 9 Mar 2014 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest 2015 Closed 1 Mar - 14 Apr 2015 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest 2016 Closed 15 May - 30 Jun 2016 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest 2017 Closed May - Jun 2017 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
The Core Contest 2021 Closed 1 Jun - 15 Jul 2021 Improving Wikipedia's most important articles
9th ISCB Wikipedia Competition 9th Closed 26 Aug 2019 - 15 May 2020 Improving content relating to computational biology or bioinformatics
10th ISCB Wikipedia Competition 10th Closed 1 Sep 2020 - 14 May 2021 Improving content relating to computational biology or bioinformatics
Women in Asia contest 2020 Closed 1 Oct - 31 Dec 2020 Women in Red: New biographies of Asian women
11th ISCB Wikipedia Competition 11th Closed 1 Sep 2021 - 29 Apr 2022 Improving content relating to computational biology or bioinformatics
Women in Red translation contest 2022 Closed 1 Apr - 30 June 2022 Women in Red: translation of women's biographies from other versions of Wikipedia
CEE Spring 2022 Closed 15 April - 31 May Central en Eastern Europe (in broader sense), subtopic: language Esperanto, related to human rights

Media[edit]

Abandoned contests[edit]

Other related events[edit]

Organizing contests[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) advises [1] that although there is no problem in general with third parties running contests on Wikipedia, contest organizers should note the following:

  • The contest should not be presented as if it was being organized, sponsored or endorsed by the WMF. This includes using the Wikipedia/WMF logos, which are trademarked and may only be used with the permission of the WMF (see Wikipedia:Copyrights), or implying that the WMF has any involvement beyond hosting the platform being used. (If you are unsure about your contest in this regard, please contact liaison@wikimedia.org.)
  • Contributors are liable for their own contributions, which include the people running such contests.
  • Organizers may wish to obtain advice on contest law before attempting to run a contest, on-wiki or elsewhere.
  • Organizers can save time by copying this Wikipedia:Contests/Toolkit/Template model to set up a contest, based on a successful contest which produced nearly 3000 articles in one month.

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