Contest FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here at Instructables we run a ton of contests! We also get asked a ton of questions about those contests. Below is a list of the contest questions we get asked most frequently and also some questions that I feel could use a little more explaining. (Let’s be honest - reading the official rules is not fun.)

Please ask addition questions in this forum topic - I'm sure there are some I have not covered!

General Contest Questions

We are currently experiencing shipping delays.  This is a problem we are trying to fix with our shipping department, but currently, please allow 3 months for contest prizes to arrive.  We apologize for this delay and are hopeful that this prize turnaround time will be temporary.  Thank you for understanding.  If you have any further questions, please contact service@instructables.com.

How do you choose which contests to run?

We do this in a few different ways.

Editorial/in-house - I plan these based on past contest themes, what’s trending in search,  which categories/channels need a little love, new site features or if there’s a certain type of content we want. Contest ideas also come from staff meetings and through the official contest idea forum topic.

Sponsored - Sponsored contests occur when a sponsor or prize provider wants to run a contest with us and they’re a good fit for the community. Often Instructables staff makes the call on the contest theme, but sometimes we compromise with the sponsor if they have a theme they really love!  

Sold/Branded - These contests come in through the Autodesk sales team and are normally focused on really large brands like Home Depot, Radioshack, Tekton Tools, etc. We have less control over these themes but still do our best to make sure they’re a good fit for you guys.

How can I sponsor a contest?

Send us an email at contests @ instructables.com to get more info, but there are some major requirements you need to hit:
  • be a registered business of some sort
  • be able to offer up enough value in prizes (this varies with theme/contest length)
  • be a good fit for our community (both your company and the prizes you’re giving!)
  • the contest theme should also be a good fit.
As of right now all sponsored contests are being sold through the Autodesk sales team.

I have an idea for a contest! How do I tell you guys?

Please post here and let us know! We can’t run all of them, but we love seeing the ideas you guys come up with.

How do I win a contest?

Post something awesome! Check out this collection of tutorials that will tell you how to write a great instructable.

Why do Instructables employees enter the contests?

We enter contests to set the bar and give an example of the type of entries we want in the contests. We're not able to win them, though!

It's important to note that several employees were authors on the site before they worked here, though, so you might see some wins in our achievements! :)

Entering Contests

Can I enter if my country is not listed in the official rules?

Yes! You can definitely enter.

However, you must have a mailing address in an eligible country to win. If you have a friend in the US or another eligible country that can receive your prize, go ahead and enter!

You can read more about our progress to add more countries to the eligible shipping locations here. It's not been going very well for a while, but I hope to share some good news with you guys in late 2014!

I live in -----, why can't I enter?!

Chances are your country has incredibly strict laws regarding gambling, sweepstakes and contests. We try our best to play by the rules, and if we can't meet the minimum requirements to run a contest in your country, we don't run them there!

That's the easy answer. The hard answer is that it's very complicated and involves lots of risk and scary legal language.

Why isn't my entry showing up in the contest? I entered three minutes ago!

Real humans look at each entry! This means it take take a while sometimes. We work standard office hours, 9-5ish PST. We tend to moderate first thing in the morning, Monday-Friday.

If you enter at the end of the work day or over the weekend, you’ll have to wait until the next business day to be accepted.

Why can I only enter 3 contests with one Instructable?

It’s all the spirit of fairness. Even if your instructable would be eligible for allllllll the contests that are open, we want you to pick the three that are most relevant and enter it there. This spreads the entries out a bit more.

It’s fairly rare that one instructable wins three grand prizes (I think it’s only happened once!) but we want to make sure that one instructable doesn’t sweep the winners in several contests.

Why was I rejected from the contest?

The number one reason for this is not fitting the contest theme - we try our best to explain the sorts of entries we’re looking for on the main page of each contest, so double check your eligibility there.

We also sometimes make mistakes or encounter bugs during the approval/denial process. (Checking the wrong box, clicking the wrong button, breaking the back end of the site) It’s rare, but it happens! We’re human and can’t help it, but we do our best to right those mistakes as soon as we know they happened!

Why can’t I enter an instructable I published before the start date into the contest?

We want to see NEW and exciting content built just for the contest. If we allowed old instructables in, we’d just see the same things over and over again. Plus, the number entries in the contests would make it very hard to choose finalists and winners.

Keep in mind that simply republishing an old project will not make it eligible - we check for that. ;)

Our Halloween contests are the only exception to this rule. For example, the 2013 Halloween Contest ended on 11/11/2013, so the 2014 Halloween Contest will accept entries from 11/12/2013 through the end date of the contest. :)

Can I edit my Instructable after it's entered in a contest?

Short answer: YES!

Long answer:
You can make any modifications you want to an Instructable that's already entered! We get so many entries that there's absolutely no way we'd be able to police it even if we wanted to - but it's never something we want to discourage.

Improvement is always a good thing as far as I'm concerned. :)

However, I must caution you: it's best to get those changes done before voting closes. The voting period matters the most because that's the time that we start looking into picking finalists.

Another slightly related caveat: don't publish a mostly empty instructable and try to fill it after the contest ends. We're starting to see this happen more often, always with a promise that updates are coming. You can never tell when we'll be reviewing it as a possible finalist, so chances are you'll get overlooked going about it that way. We are currently looking at 50-300 entries per contest, so anything incomplete doesn't stand a chance these days!

Finalist & Winner Selection

I make video tutorials, can I win an Instructable contests?

Short answer: YES

Long answer:
Most of our contest winners/finalists have documented in the step-by-step format. The more detail you can add, the better!  Having a full step by step along side your video(s) gives you the best shot at winning, check out some examples of video winners here.  We look for instructables that are pretty easily replicated via the information that is provided.

When are the finalists selected?

Finalists are selected starting the Tuesday after the contest closes. The finalist selection process normally ends Thursday-next Tuesday morning, depending on how tricky the contest is and how many people give input.

How are finalists selected?

Finalist selection is a mixture of sponsor choices, votes and staff choices. We look for all kinds of things when it comes to picking finalists, including:
  • good photos! Pretty photos put you five steps ahead of all the other entries already, honestly. We're going to want to click through and look at it as soon as we see it if it's pretty!
  • good explanation of both WHAT the project is and HOW you made it. Sometimes it can be really hard to figure out what we're looking at. (Personally, if I have to spend several minutes staring at photos and reading to understand it, I'm not very excited about it anymore.) Try to convey the project through both photos and video if it's needed. For example - if it's a rocket, upload a video of it in action!
  • a good story! I read more projects than you could ever imagine every month. I love it when an author takes time to explain why they made the project, or documents the errors they made along the way. That makes an instructable so much more enjoyable to read. :)
  • citing your sources/inspirations - look, we realize there's hardly an original idea on the internets anymore, so we can't fault you for that. But it's only fair to give credit where credit is due. We like that. Plus, it sometimes makes for an awesome story.
  • creativity! Look, I cannot even begin to tell you how many paracord bracelets, Altoid tin survival kits and Iron Man arc reactors I have looked at. My eyes glaze at the thought. Don't just go for the common and easy, take that project and put a new spin on it!!

We always suggest authors read their own work with an objective eye. Does it make sense if you aren’t familiar with the subject already? Did you provide enough description? Are the photos understandable?

How many finalists are there?

To find this out easily, go to the official rules and use Command+F (Mac) or crtl+F (Windows) to search “finalists” to see the number. There are normally 15-36 finalists in a contest.

Why wasn't my project chosen as a winner/finalist?

This can happen for all kinds of reasons, honestly. See the "How are finalists selected?" question above for a more in depth explanation of what we're looking for.

The most important thing I want to stress is that we are going through TONS of entries for every contest, so it's important to set yourself apart. Choose a clear and concise title, tell us a story, share great photos, explain the project well. If there are projects similar to yours in the contest already, make sure your project exceeds theirs in awesomeness.  

Also remember that competition is fierce in the contests, there are always a LOT of amazing entries.  When it comes down to selecting winners sometimes it's the little things because when you're comparing awesome to awesome the little things are all you can look at.  So be detailed orientated when writing your instructable.


Who judges the contests?

This is typically a mix of Instructables staff, employees of the sponsor (if there is one!), and authors on the site (your peers!). Each contest is normally assigned 10-50 judges.

Lately we’ve had an average of 15-20 judges complete the process. I always try to add as many judges as possible, because more judges means the judging is more fair and helps to reduce bias.

How can I help judge a contest?

If you’re interested in helping us judge, check out this forum topic! I’m also about to start doing weekly calls for judges in the Contest Forums, found here.

To judge, you must have published at least one Instructable.

I send out PMs to judges each Friday, and you might also receive one from audreyobscura.

How do I judge a contest/access the judging ballot?

We’ve written up an Instructable over it! You can find it here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Judge-a-Contest/

Once I’ve added you to the list of judges, you’ll be able to access the ballot.


How do you pick prizes? Can I suggest prizes?

I've got a pretty small budget prize here, so it's a mix of trying to be frugal but still give you guys something fancy. I try to order most of our prizes from Amazon.com because they have reliable shipping and tons of options.

Right now I've been going back and forth between tools/materials and fancy electronics. I love to give out tablets, cameras and supplies for more projects, because that gives you guys something to make more awesome stuff with!

If you'd like to suggest an awesome prize, do it here!

I don't like these prizes, can I trade?

Short answer: nope!

Long answer: we choose prizes well ahead of time and order prizes at the start of the contest (for 95% of what we run) and we don’t make substitutions. We typically have anywhere from 100-250 winners a month (and increasing all the time!), so it’s not feasible to give choices and sub things out. Only three of us on staff work with ordering the prizes and shipping them out, so that would be lots of work!

However, we have allowed winners to switch prizes with another winner on occasion (both parties must agree and let us know before we ship them!) and we’re fine with you selling your prize somewhere else.

How do I get my prize if I win?

When contest winners are announced, we’ll send you a message with a form to fill out. Make sure to fill this out completely and remember that we require a phone number and that we can’t ship to P.O. boxes.

Winners are responsible for any trade tax or tariffs incurred for shipping to your location. We cannot reduce the value of the prize so you pay less tax (nice try, though, you sneaky hobbit!!).

When will my prize ship?

We try to ship prizes as soon as possible! 75% of our contests have prizes that are easily shipped right away and you should receive notification of shipment within a week or so.

Sometimes we do have to order items AFTER the contest ends or wait for a sponsor to ship the items. If we think there will be a delay, we’ll let the winners know. We’ve been trying very hard to make sure we’re reaching out and updating winners about prize statuses.

Also: VERY IMPORTANT - the sooner all winners give us their contact info, the sooner we can make big orders of custom sizes. Sometimes there’s a huge delay just because we’ve got one straggler. Be a good winner and let us give you prizes, dangit!!

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ohoilett12 days ago

So I noticed the rules state that you can't vote for yourself in contests. If you do, does the vote get excluded or is the Instructable disqualified? I am trying to figure out what I need to do to make my Instructables better and this is something I've been doing incorrectly. Thanks.

if I make two entries in the same contest than will my both the entries will be selected as a finalist.

Only one entry per person can be chosen as a finalist.

The best one or the first one will be selected?

The best one.


zaclewis981 month ago

I am currently entering a contest but it asks for team website, but I do not have one. does this mean a legit website, or can I just make a face book page for the team?

If you're talking about the Makerspace contest, yes, you must be part of a registered makerspace to enter. If you're trying to register your makerspace, then I imagine you could just put "none" in that section.

JtownATX1 month ago

So I voted on my project instead of the one below it on the contest page. No big deal, right? I can just deselect my vote and pick the correct one. At least I thought that was what would happen...it did not. So now the page not only has my vote locked in on my project (which is against the rules) but I can't vote for any of the other projects. Every time I select another project, as soon as browse to another page the whole thing reverts back to my project as the default vote. Please help! At the very least I'd like to remove my vote for my project. Ideally I'd like to vote for several of the other projects as there are a lot of good ones. It's the "Reclaimed Wood" contest page.

Ah, thanks for the heads up! I think this was just a minor hiccup, and I've pulled the necessary levers to get things working correctly for you. Take another look and let me know if your votes register correctly.

Sam (seamster)

Community Manager

I have an instructable in the category "outside" and the subcategory "knives" but I don't have an instructable that is eligible for the outdoor contest, why is that?

Contests are only open to instructables published after the contest opens and your knife ible was published back in February.

I was wondering, do you find out if you are a finalist before the winners are selected?

Also, i agree with PeterS296, how do i know if my contest will even be viewed?

Generally, contests close on Tuesdays, finalists are revealed on Fridays, and winners are announced early the next week provided a sponsor isn't holding things up. If you're a finalist, you'll get an email as soon as they're announced.

Your instructable will be viewed by staff to determine whether it will featured shortly after it's published, and they continue to keep an eye on entries, looking for one's they like, but beyond that, there is no guarantee that your instructable will be viewed again. It is up to you to pull viewers in with a great primary image and get votes and/or staff attention with quality content.

PeterS2961 month ago

I read myself through the "How to judge a Contest" article and noticed, that judges do not have to rate every entry. Now I am a bit concerned that my instructable will not be noticed by the judges, because I entered it quite early and there are more than 650 entries. Do judges only have to rate the finalists? Does the Team, that choose the finalists, read every entry? Thanks in advance.

After looking at your instructable and seeing that you have a very high number of views, I don't think you have to worry about getting noticed. You have been noticed. The instructable and project are well made, and it was featured. That's a great position to be in going into a contest. If you don't do well, it won't be because your work wasn't great, but simply because others were better this time.

Half the finalists are chosen by votes and half are chosen by staff. Staff keep an eye on entries and add quality ibles to the finalists when they don't get the attention they feel they deserve or are entered too late to accumulate votes. Judges only rate finalists. When I judge, I thoroughly look through each finalist and rate them all.

ShepsShack 2 months ago

I am starting my first post. After its published how do you apply for a contest?

when you press "publish" a page pops up and you can select the contests

There's also a button under your name on the right side of your published instructable.

Brasel Seng3 months ago

Hi, will i actually be notified if i get into the finalists' round?

Yes, you'll receive a PM to notify you.

Thank you so much for your reply :-) I appreciate it!
Clairbear763 months ago

Why is there no limit as to how many contests one intractable can win? Are you aware that the same entry won 3 different contests and is jeopardizing everyone else's chances of winning.

There is a limit it's 3.

Actually, you can win more than 3. An instructable can only be entered in 3 contests at once, but if you were to make something that qualifies for a Halloween contest now and win three contests now, you would still be eligible to enter the applicable Halloween contest in October and win that too. At least it's worked that way in the past. Halloween is special around here and the Halloween contests are applicable to any instructable published after the last Halloween contest closed.

zanees763 months ago

Hey! I posted my instructable for the DIY Dress contest 56 hrs back.... it is still not entered and voting ends tomorrow.... who should I contact about this?

stvnishere5 months ago

Hi, I recently won the "Braving the elements" contest and got shipped the prize which is in customs now, I received a copy of the invoice and in package contents list there is a Go Pro Hero3: White Edition listed, but the contest page said that the prize is a Go Pro Hero 4 Session. What happens now? Is the label wrong or its the wrong package? Or can somebody point me in the direction where I can ask this, in case this is not the appropriate forum. Thanks!

jessyratfink (author)  stvnishere5 months ago

Please email service@instructables.com - someone there will be able to help you. :)

ThomasK196 months ago

Is there some place where the voting mechanism is explained? My vote for a contest: is it just one and the last one gets the vote or will any vote count. E.g. there are a couple I liked in the "Make it glow" so can I tick the "This is a winner" for any of them or will the last tick retract the previous vote?

You can vote for as many ibles as you like!

Thanks! Is there also a place that has a howto for Instructable. Some overview of its goals and rules?

Something like this? http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-the-Ins... This shows how to create an instructable and this: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Create-a-Fe... lets you know how to make your instructable the best it can be!

Those look like what I was looking for. It's always a bit difficult with that internet where you don't have a single entry for a house but kind of 1000 doors and trap doors ;-)

Not really. I'd like to see something like "Instructable is a site to ... (what the goal is). It features i'bles (why and when), etc.". I guess as a site that promotes the writing of instructions that should be an easy one. Or is it like the shoe maker that always has holes in the sole?

Check out "who we are" in the "about us" section at the bottom of the site. Or you could just click my link.


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Tcdevine7 months ago

Where do you enter your shirt size if you win a t-shirt? The form only ask for address, phone and email.

it should be at the bottom of the form (right above the accept button)

The only thing above the accept button is for email address. I put it in the second line of address. We will see what happens. Thanks
jibrail38 months ago

thanks .. (boooring official rules) who will read that

4WantofaNail8 months ago

I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but I never received the prize claim e-mail for the instructable robot for the survival contest?

try emailing support@instructables.com

rapnok9 months ago

I try to enter the leather competition and unable to get through. Can someone help me please?



Keep in mind that a human must approve your entry and all the humans who see to that task are in California. As long as you recieved an email that your entry was recieved, you just need to wait a bit till they get back into the office in the morning.

andytangtsk11 months ago

Can I exit a contest?

jessyratfink (author)  andytangtsk11 months ago

Yes! Let me know which instructable and which contest and I can remove it for you.

jʎɐɹ-ɾ11 months ago

If you don't enter a contest early, is it too late to get enough votes to win? The longer you wait, the less votes you're able to get. Should you bother if the contest is almost closed?

sometimes the strategy is to enter late so when you go to the contest page it's the first instructable you see!

Clever ;)

"Finalist selection is a mixture of sponsor choices, votes and staff choices."

You're right that you won't have as much time to accrue votes. However, the staff choices can balance that out. If you enter at the last minute with something great, staff may choose you as a finalist regardless of votes. Do also keep in mind that there are three days of voting after the contest closes for entries and before finalists are determined. During this time, last minute entries are the first seen by possible voters because they are on the first page of the contest entries.

kash_black1 year ago

At one point there was a way too see future contests, can I still do that now?

you can see a list of future upcoming contests here...


It's a thread in the contest forum. You would have had to overlook it to get to this thread.


chwbcc1 year ago

If a contest requires the instructable to use certain things, how do instructables that don't fulfill the requirements still get approved for the contest?

I believe this pulls views and potential votes from contestants that followed the rules.

jessyratfink (author)  chwbcc1 year ago

If there are specific entries you're concerned about, please email service @ instructables.com and let us know. Sometimes we make mistakes and it's only fair to fix them!

Is it common for the entry requirements to change half way through a contest? I honestly don't find that very fair. The grand prize winner of the graphic design contest didn't feature Creative Market in their post. It doesn't seem exactly right to me considering others entered beforehand and made the effort.

I've sent an email. I think what ever your process is for approving contest entries isn't working. There are several more entries that don't use the Creative Markets assets in their Instructables. If you need an unbiased set of eyes to look over the entries, I would be happy to pull my entry from the contest and offer to help.

I emailed them as well, and they said they decided to open the contest to all graphic design entries, but that the contest description hadn't been updated yet.

It's my guess that he's referring to the graphic design contest. There are several entries that do not use creative market products.

That is the contest I am referring to. Some of the entries are really good but they look like users are submitting old content without looking at the contest requirements.

propchap1 year ago

I was wondering if you can start doing age groups for the contests cause every time I enter a contest I'm up against professionals.

Hey don't be discouraged young fellow. Just make whatever makes you feel happy.

Keep working on ideas and ask for help in the community here.

I get just as frustrated as you do cuz I don't have access to one of those TechShop or Pier 9 work places like a lot of members here. I only have limited tools available. I would literally camp out at those places if they had them here! (picture Homer Simpson drooling)

When you come up with an idea - brainstorm/talk about it with other people. This helps alot cuz it helps you see it from another persons perspective. There is always a better, faster, cheaper, cooler way to make/do things! Then, you can make some changes to your idea for the better.

Keep working at it and don't be afraid to think outside the box!

True! Sometimes not having access to the fanciest tools leads you to use your brains to figure out what end up being brilliant ways of solving problems.

So true indeed Gravity.

Like CNC woodworking for example. Is it really working if a machine is making it for you? Dont get me wrong, I like them and cant wait to get my mitts on one - but doing something by hand and getting to the finished product from using our brains is indeed the most satisfying :~)

Very few members are actually professional makers, they've just practiced a lot.

Don't let your age be an excuse to fail (you'll never see somebody say they deserve to win or lose because they are old!):

Emilyvanleemput is 16, she is a member of the Community Team, has run stalls at Maker Faires, and wins contests all over the place.

Qtechknow is 14, he runs his own Making business, has had a successful Kickstarter and met President Obama.

I always try and go by the creativity of the project before the skills, and creativity is part of who you are, not a product of your age.

I don't think it's fair to accuse propchap of using his age as an excuse to fail. Everyone gets discouraged at times and everyone has different levels of skill, not to mention available resources. And all the creativity in the world doesn't do you a bit of good without the necessary means to put it to use.

To hold up other youths who are successful as an example and say "this girl can do it, so you should stop making excuses and be like her" is a little insulting in my opinion. I grew up hearing those kind of comments and it doesn't make you feel very good to constantly be told that you are just a failure and its all your fault.

I have looked back at past contest winners and they may not all be technically "professionals" but they might as well be. Their projects are always far beyond what the average home crafter on a budget could make. I'm about ready to throw in the towel myself at this point.

Maybe your past experiences have coloured your views, but what I was actually saying was not "you are a failure", what I was saying was "go, succeed".

I'm no pro, but I've won loads of contests, all with cheap and even second-hand hand tools.

You're absolutely right. My experiences have coloured my views, though perhaps not in the way you think.

I didn't express my point very well and I apologize for being critcal. I do understand that you thought you were being encouraging, that you want to help. My concern is that everyone is different and such comparisons can be hurtful to someone who faces challenges that make life more difficult for them. And that challenge could be anything from disability to poverty to just not being told that they can succeed by those around them. It should never be assumed that if someone is not successful that it is simply because they are not trying hard enough. For all you know they might already be trying three times as hard as those successful people.

As for the issue of what it takes to win contests, it would probably be wise to just leave it alone, so that's what I will do.

I feel the same way, about going up against the professionals, though in my case most of them are probably younger than me. It does seem a little unfair at times.

You should keep entering the contests anyway. It's good experience and you can learn new things and keep improving your skills.

Don't be discouraged. Your day will come. :)

great answer. I'm new to the site, but I work with children. sometimes kids have terrific ideas that surpass the 'pros'. I learn from children every day. And then, there are children who have 'gone pro' simply (?) because they had the mind design and courage to put forth their idea to others (peers, adults, pros, the public etc.) and they actually liked it. in some ways, 'age' groups might stifle the breadth of participation that could come forth. When I was younger, many people told me I had great ideas, but they'd give the prize/ high school play role etc. to someone in a 'category' (e.g. senior about to graduate), telling me there would be 'more chances' later, or my boss at work needed to have it be his (her) idea to 'fly' with the corporation, as I got older. I kind of like having the authorship/designer identity not be known in a contest. Amateurs have upstaged the professionals in many fields of endeavor (and life in general). I don't want to be told that I have a 'good idea for a girl' or 'great project, if we had more people who needed prosthetics'.... This website and contest process seems to be reasonable and fair (as a new visitor and future participant reviewing the contest rules). I'd like to see people who are 58, 68, 88, 98 and 108 submit their ideas [ I just happened to start with my age and go up, in case there are people reading who make unconscious ageism decisions].

I am 60 years old (in a few months). I joined instructables on 01 September 2012, posted 76 instructables as on date and working on few more. You can visit my page whenever you find time

Any tips or suggestions on how to get Instructables featured? Post your suggestions and ideas at: http://www.instructables.com/answers/How-to-Get-In...

this is the facq (frequently asked contest questions) so you should probably post it on a different part of the forum

Typically featured 'ibles win.

Thank you.

Thank you for posting this FAQ, it's very helpful and inspiring :-)

kymyst1 year ago

I don't quite understand how the rule that only new instructables are eligible for contests works. If an instructable can be entered in up to 3 contests, how is it considered "new" for the second and third entries ? Do the three contests have to be running simultaneously ?

Kiteman kymyst1 year ago

An instructable is considered "new" if it is published on or after the start-date of the contest.

If three contests began, one in May, one in June, and one in July, and I published a project in August, I could enter all three (as long as they were still running, of course).

This might be the wrong place to ask, but how come the Coded Creations contest hasn't ended yet? It was supposed to end on the 25th, and it's the 27th now (winners announced on the 26th).

Sorry, I'm just dying to know if I won anything or not :)

Sponsored contests take longer because the sponsor gets some input on finalists/winners. They've been known to take around 2 weeks, though not always. You just have to be patient. Yes, it's a bummer, but who can complain with all the cool prizes they provide!

I think propchap has a good point. It could be fun to have a youth contest for people aged 13-18, just to give them a chance to really shine. But it might be difficult to ensure that all the people entering really are in that age group.

Ebener1 year ago

You should do a contest involving cardboard.

I entered a Instructable on the mind for design contest but when i got back on the contest my Instructable was not on and it said I didn't have a eligible Instructable

to enter.

Your most recently published Instructable was published on April 26th. The Mind for Design Contest states that April 27th was the official 'Start Date' of the contest, meaning that your Instructable needed to be publish on, or after this date.

A glitch that I've noticed exists is that users are presented with the option to add their past Instructables to current contests through the right hand column on their Instructables by selecting the 'Contest' button. The best way to see if an Instructable is actually eligible based on its publish date is by entering it through the contest page itself.

I published it on April 28th.

I even un-published and re-published.

did you receive an email from instructables that your contest entry has been received...?

Yes but then i got an email that said contest entry rejected.

you have already entered your instructable in three running contests, Hot Glue, grafting 101 and Backyard contests. You can enter one instructable in maximum of three contests only. Make a new instructable and enter it in Mind for design contest

Yeah I know I entered them after I tried Mind for design.

The instructable says it was published on April 26th. Once an ible is published, un-publishing and re-publishing does not change the date. If the date is wrong, contact service@instructables.com.

It doesn't look, to me, like your firefly jar ible is eligible for the Mind for Design contest regardless of the publish date. That contest is all about digital creation and I don't see any digital tools listed at the beginning of your ible. Since you can only enter three contests with one ible, it seems to me that you should just stick with the three contests you're entered in already.

I know I entered those three after it wouldn't let me enter the Mind For Design.

You guys are super.

what would be the instructables prize pack

The prize packs include Instructables stickers, patch, and usually a tshirt. Some of the current contests have a different item other than the tshirt.

CityGirl701 year ago

Hi, I won the Judges first prize in the wall makeover contest. I was wondering when I would receive the items, or when they are being shipped? Thank You

The Wall Overhaul prizes just finished shipping, so depending on where you are located, it should be arriving shortly!

My winnings came today FedEx. Yippee!!!