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.

Contests

Writing

Competition Version Status Duration About Signup, Results
Wikipedia: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 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 Results
WikiCup 2017 Future 1 Jan 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 ca 2007 Signup
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
Wiki Loves Women Writing Contest 2016 Closed 15 Jan 2016 - 31 Jan 2016 15 days to create (at least) 15 biographies on notable African women
Military history Contest
WikiGrail 2012 Closed
Stub Contest 2004 Closed
Stub Contest 2013 Closed
Stub Contest 2014 Closed
Stub Contest 2015 Closed
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 2016 Closed 15 May 2016 - 30 June 2016

Current and future contests

Media contests

  • Wikimania competition
    An extended media contest, combining a contest for media gathered while at or en route to Wikimania, with a general contest for all content produced this year.
  • Wikipedia:WikiSnap Challenge

Other related events

Past and completed contests

Media

  • meta:Mascot - "Contest" for a Wikipedia mascot

Administration

Organizing contests

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.
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