How do you start a contest on this site?

I'm the person who made the "Woven Rug" video that got featured recently. I would like to start a contest to see what other people on Instructables can do with 8 knitted rolls. I've seen some amazing things on this site and I bet other people can come up with way more creative stuff than me.
There would be a cash prize at the end and that amount would be $5 times the number of people that enter. The 1st place winner would get 60% of the prize. The 2nd and 3rd place winners would get 20% of the prize each.
Instead of having one or a few people judge the contestants I think it would be great if everyone on the internet could vote for the contest winners. 
I would love to host and sponsor this contest but I can't make the entry fee any less than $15.00 (give or take 2 dollars for shipping). 
Another thing is I'm not sure how many people would even enter a contest like this. 
How many people would be interested in this contest if I started it? What do you think?

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Kiteman3 years ago

If you want to organise or sponsor an official contest, you need to contact headquarters.

Send a PM to Jessyratfink (, and she will be able to talk you through what is needed, how much it is likely to cost etc. However, you need to be aware that official Instructables contests have no entry fee - that is why they need sponsors.

If you want to run the contest yourself, unofficially, then, in theory, you just need to start a forum topic to announce it. You will have to make your rules (deadlines etc) very clear, and demonstrate that you are good for the prizes. If people need to pay an entry fee, I would predict that you would get very few entries. Instead, you might want to find your own sponsor to provide a material prize, say a local craft store willing to mail a pack if yarn to the winner in return for their website being mentioned in your forum topic, and the right to use entries on their own website or in their publicity.

knitwitcharm (author)  Kiteman3 years ago

Thanks for the advice. I'll look into that.

You can't start a contest like those featured on the site with prizes and whatnot. You could start a competition in the forums but i doubt you would be allowed to ask for an entry fee.

knitwitcharm (author)  mpilchfamily3 years ago

Does anyone know of another website where I can host a contest? I would just add a link from this website.

Most forums will not support such things. There are lots of legal issues with hosting a contest. Laws regarding contest vary from county to county and even state to state. No site will want to take on the legal responcability of supporting a contest created by a user.