Call for contest judges

Hi everyone! You might have noticed we're running tons of contests these days.

We need judges more than ever to make sure our contests keep running smoothly and fairly!

The judging process is fairly simple and normally involves looking at contest finalists and rating them on a scale from 1-9. Judging is typically open Friday afternoon through Monday night, though some of the larger contests have judging that runs for a week. Time spent judging is around 30 minutes to two hours - it all depends on how thorough you are!

If it’s not a good time for you to judge when we contact you, no worries. We always try to assign more judges than we need in case something comes up.

You can find out more about judging a contest here.

Don't worry!  Judges are selected after finalists are selected, so volunteering to judge will not affect your chances of being a finalist in any contest you enter.

To be eligible to judge, you must have posted at least ONE instructable. Let us know which contest categories you're interested to judge in the comments below:
  • Food
  • Living > includes Home and Craft; so please just say Living if you are interested in either or both of these.
  • Workshop
  • Outdoor
  • Tech
  • Play
If you are interested in Halloween we'll pick judges based on categories/entries we get in the contests. Costume > Living   Decor > Play, Outdoor, and/or Workshop  Prop > Living and/or Play   Food > Food  
Things will depend on what types of finalists we end up with. For example: If we were to have a lot of Tech finalists in Decor, then we would pick judges from that category as well to judge that contest.

If you list categories you want to judge, but also say you would judge any, it gets a little confusing. Please try to either pick categories OR say any contest. 

Thanks for helping us keep the site awesome!

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HRzero510 days ago

i want to be a judge and wanted to judge contest related to technology

alamtania1 month ago

Is it okay to judge a challenge we are participating in? What if I'm a finalist? I guess, in that case, I'll be provided to rate other entries except for mine. Am I right?

If you are a finalist, you cannot judge that contest. We won't add you as a judge to a contest if you end up as a finalist.

That's very fair! I'm in then :)

Can I judge again? I have a few times, but not recently. I want to judge everything except food and tech.

Woah! I also wanted to judge at least one contest. I have never judged any contest before. But I feel like It would be fun.

DIYEnPointe19 days ago

How old do you have to be to judge a contest? Do you have to travel to Instructables HQ? I would like to judge, I have published nine insructables, but I am just a kid. If I can judge, I would like to judge contests related to Living. Thank you for taking the time to read this!

If you are old enough for an account, you are old enough to judge. You do not have to travel. When you are chosen to judge, you will be sent a message with directions on how to judge.

Thank you! This helped me so much!

Anshu AR17 days ago

Yeah! I would love to. In the tech category.

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