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Featured texts (candidates)
This page hosts nominations for featured text status in accordance with the Featured text guidelines. A featured text should exemplify Wikisource's very highest standards of accuracy. If you nominate a text, you will be expected to make a good-faith effort to address objections that are raised.

Any established user may nominate a text or vote (as long as it matches the criteria). Every month the nomination with the highest support ratio, weighted in favour of nominations with more numerous votes (equation forthcoming), will be chosen as featured text. All nominations with under 70% support after a week will be archived. The most promising nominations (up to 10) will be carried over to the next week, during which time established users may continue to place votes.

Featured texts edit
Date Text
January The First Men in the Moon
February The Bird of Time
March The Myths of Mexico and Peru
June Orphée aux Enfers


Nominating a text[edit]

  1. Ensure that the text meets all the featured text criteria and style guidelines. Nominations that are flagged as not meeting the criteria will be unlisted after 24 hours, unless the criteria are met in that time.
  2. Please ensure that "download option" from the sidebar produces a full work
  3. Note the nomination on the talk page by adding the template {{featured text candidate}}.
  4. Begin a discussion at the bottom of this page. Note your reason for nominating the text.
See also


  • If you believe an article meets all of the criteria, write Support followed by your reasons.
  • If you oppose a nomination, write Object followed by the reason for your objection. Each objection must provide a specific rationale that can be addressed. If nothing can be done in principle to "fix" the source of the objection, the objection may be ignored. This includes objections to an text's suitability for the Wikisource main page, unless such suitability can be fixed.
  • To withdraw an objection, strike it out (with <s>text</s>) rather than removing it.

Closing a nomination (administrators only)[edit]

  • Failed nominations
    1. Add a comment explaining why the nomination failed.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Place {{featured text not passed|year|title}} at the top of the work's main talk page (adding the year and heading of the archived discussion).
  • Passed nominations
    1. Add a comment noting the selection.
    2. Archive it.
    3. Add the work to {{Featured text}} (inside the respective month) and {{featured schedule}}.
    4. Place {{featured}} on top of the work's main page {{header}} template.
    5. Place {{featured talk|April 2019}} at the top of the work's main talk page (changing the numbers to the appropriate date if not next month).
    6. Protect all the work's main namespace pages.
    7. Indicate the work's featured status on its associated data item at Wikidata.


For older nominations, see the archives.

The Lodger[edit]

A famous horror / thriller by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes, with five movie adaptations (including one by Hitchcock) and many more loose adaptations in television, comics, and other media. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:15, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 13:28, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Perhaps could do with another go over: [1] BethNaught (talk) 21:35, 5 March 2019 (UTC)
    Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Definitely needs another proofread. My cursory inspections continue to find many errors: [2]. BethNaught (talk) 22:00, 6 March 2019 (UTC)

Orphée aux Enfers[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: selected for June 2019. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:41, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
Nominating this for June 2019, which marks the 200th birthday of German-born composer Jacques Offenbach. This is his most enduring comic opera, which included the galop infernal (known colloquially as the "can-can"). --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:59, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 13:27, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

The Innocence of Father Brown[edit]

The first collection of mysteries featuring Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton. The character continues to be adapted for film, radio, and television. We haven't featured mystery fiction before, except A Study in Scarlet back in 2010. --EncycloPetey (talk)

Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 12:27, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

The Vampyre[edit]

Another candidate to feature in a future October: "The Vampyre" (1819), by John William Polidori. One of the first appearances in English of a vampire, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula by almost 80 years. This coming year marks the 200th anniversary of its first publication. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:30, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

The Story of Doctor Dolittle[edit]

Classic children's book. I'm surprised that our validated copy has not been previously nominated nor featured. Next year (2020) will mark the 100th anniversary of the book's publication. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:08, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

This wasn't nominated at the time because of some problems in very fast validation. However, now that it's been validated twice and has sat around for six years picking up the occasional amendments from readers, I'm happy for it go forward. I do have to say that this was one of the books I most enjoyed working on. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:13, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

A Century of Roundels[edit]

Collection of "roundels" by Algernon Charles Swinburne. The roundel is a nine-line poetic form invented by Swinburne. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:46, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Native Flowers of New Zealand[edit]

A well-known book by New Zealander Georgina Burne Hetley, with color illustrations by the author. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:11, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Probably not eligible (unfortunately) because I had to access a print copy in the rare books room at the library and write out the lacunae on a few pages and then type them into the Pages. WMIII was happy to validate based on that, but they are non-verifiable without access to a print copy. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:08, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
That's a shame, as this is a seminal work and beautifully illustrated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:12, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
Yes, just confirmed print pages 2 & 4 from the Preface remain problematic. Should we be able to find another scan and swap those two in, then this would be good to go. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:18, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
IA has: (external scan) which looks like a clean scan. --EncycloPetey (talk) 05:06, 19 February 2019 (UTC)