Welcome to the Leading Edge and Harold B. Lee Library 2017 Wikipedia writing contest! This page contains the contest rules.
- Create or improve English language Wikipedia pages for SF/Fantasy authors or literary works that are connected to Utah. A "connection" to Utah for an author could be growing up in Utah, attending college in Utah, writing books set in Utah, etc. If you have a question about whether or not someone is Utah-related please ask Rachel Helps on her talk page before starting work/research.
- Pages must be created or added to during the duration of the contest, which is March 14th, 2017--April 14th, 2017. Good Article reviews, for substantially improved pages, should be nominated before the deadline. We'll look at the version of the page from the deadline; you can keep improving pages after the contest; we will score the version submitted but do the GA review on the page as it stands.
- Pages and improvements must adhere to Wikipedia guidelines. New pages especially should adhere to Wikipedia's notability policy; authors or works should have significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent from the subject. This means that the subject of your page should be mentioned in the news or have earned an award. Sometimes a young author will be famous for one book, like with Brittany Olsen's Dendō. In that case it's better to make a page for the book, because there will be more news articles you can cite about the book. Give preference to news sources and print materials (use Google books to search); after you've exhausted those, other sources are okay.
Sign up with your Wikipedia username and list the pages you've contributed to at the contest signup page.
New pages and improved pages must:
- be edited with a registered Wikipedia account, so we can track your edits
- have a connection to SF/Fantasy and Utah
- pass Wikipedia's notability criteria. That means if the page gets deleted we can't judge it, so get to know the notability criteria and write a good draft in your sandbox before moving it to the mainspace.
- have in-line citations to reliable sources.
- be your own work and not violate copyright law. This copyvio detector can show if online sources are too-closely paraphrased.
- new pages must be at least 1500 characters (not words) in prose (excludes wiki markup, templates, lists, tables, and references)
- improved pages must be expanded at least 2x. That means if an article was originally 1000 prose characters, it would have to be expanded to 2000 prose characters.
- Use DYK check to determine eligibility
After a page passes eligibility criteria, it can be scored on the quality of the page. A page will either be scored on the new page criteria or the improved page criteria.
|Scoring for new pages
|New page passes eligibility criteria
|Style is encyclopedic with neutral POV and no original research
|Scoring for additions to existing pages
|Expansion is 2x and passes eligibility criteria
|Style of addition is encyclopedic with neutral POV and no original research
After a contestant contributes a new or an improved page, if the contestant nominates the page for Good Article status, it will be judged on those criteria additionally.
|Scoring for articles that are nominated for Good Article (in addition to "contribution" points)
|Passes GA review
|GA Review put on hold
||less than 15 points, at the discretion of the reviewer
|GA Review failed
- Judges may deny points if they suspect a contestant is abusing the points system.
- In the case of collaborations of two participating contestants, we will award each user half the points for the contribution. Both participants should indicate that their submission is a collaboration.
- Prizes will be awarded to the four contestants with the most contribution points as described above.
- 1st: $50 gift card + Issues 68 & 69 of Leading Edge + 2 bonus issues
- 2nd: $25 gift card + Issues 68 & 69 of Leading Edge + 2 bonus issues
- 3rd: $25 gift card + Issue 69 of Leading Edge + 1 bonus issue
- 4th: $25 gift card + Issue 69 of Leading Edge + 1 bonus issue
New Wikipedia editors may find these rules overwhelming. BYU's Harold B. Lee Library is offering a training in conjunction with this contest to help contestants get to know Wikipedia's policies and user interface:
- March 21st, 2017 from 7-9pm in 2234 of the Harold B. Lee Library
If you can't make it to the training, Wikiedu offers training modules online about basic Wikipedia policies.
Additional legal information
- No purchase necessary.
- Winners will be posted on this page by the end of May and messaged through their Wikipedia account.
- Prizes will be mailed to winners unless they live close enough for in-person pickup.
- Sponsored by the Harold B. Lee Library, P.O. Box 26800, Provo, UT 84602-6800 and Leading Edge, 4087 JKB Provo, UT 84602
- Retail value of Leading Edge issues is about $7/issue
- If there are no submissions, no prizes will be awarded. If there are fewer submissions than prizes, only the top prizes will be awarded.
- In the case of a tie, the tied pages will be re-evaluated by judges until they reach a consensus that breaks the tie.