List of Upcoming Contests (updated 01/30/17)


Hello everyone! It was recently suggested that we should have a list of upcoming contests available on the site. This was something we used to do in our author newsletter, but now it will have a permanent place on the forums. :D

The contests below are already in planning, and I've left off ones that we're still trying to decide on. Big sponsored contests also might not show up on here - sometimes it's a big time crunch at the end, so I won't be able to plan in advance.

Keep in mind that the list below is not set in stone. We're always finding fancy new companies to supply prizes so dates are subject to change!

1/30/17 - 2/27/17 - Valentine's Day Challenge
1/30/17 - 3/27/17 - Papercraft Contest
2/6/2017 - 5/1/17 - Microcontroller
2/13/2017 - 3/13/17 - Glass Challenge
2/20/2017 - 4/17/17 - Jewelry
2/27/2017 - 4/24/17 - Woodworking
3/6/2017 - 5/1/17 - Bread Challenge
3/6/2017 - 5/1/17 - Cardboard
3/13/2017 - 4/10/17 - Concrete Challenge
3/20/2017 - 5/15/17 - Photography
3/27/2017 - 5/22/17 - Robotics
3/27/2017 - 5/22/17 - Benchtop Powersupply
4/3/2017 - 5/15/17 - Molds and Casting
4/10/2017 - 6/5/17 - Sewing
4/17/2017 - 5/15/17 - Fire Challenge
4/24/2017 - 6/19/17 - Snacks Challenge

*All contests subject to change.

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kale nukem22 hours ago

The idea that a contest exist is awesome, I have numerous ideas that I had not even begun to tap into, so I'm stoked. Prize's seem to be the trophy of each project and no matter what it is I could opt out is I so choose if it's something I'm not interested in winning. A huge "Thanks" to instructables for the opportunity to get involved.....

Are you going to quit having contests? You didn't put any on this week and you will take off three tonight.

The woodworking contest is due to start today, but sometimes contests get delayed. Also keep in mind that the site staff operate on Pacific time, so there's still time today (at the time of writing).

Never mind about that. They just put the contest on and I found out they are taking away only one contest instead of three.

belsey7 days ago

I think Instructables should reverse their special jury prize strategy... for example, best "no sew" instructable gets the sewing machine prize. Why do you think we're making stuff which doesn't require sewing? When the sewing machine goes to the person with the best sewing instructable, it's a great honor, but clearly, they already have the tool!

Well said. I've found it questionable when the prizes for CNC contests are CNC machines, wood contests yield drills and miter saws, etc... To have a shot at winning, you'll need all of those to start with. I think it'd be fun to have limited edition/fancy hand tools as prizes or things you wouldn't necessarily have on hand.

Exactly... Unless the prizes are clamps. No one will say no to more clamps :)

90+% Percent of the people that own a CNC machine don't need another one, so that prize doesn't make sense most of the time... I guess that's the problem with challenges that are way too specific.

If I own a $2K 3D Printer (I wish), and win first prize in a 3D printing contest, a $500 wouldn't be such an excitement, as someone that made a table with basic tools on the floor of his garage, and won something like this grand prize:

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Maybe that isn't SOOOOOOO exciting, but you get the point.

Perhaps a prize of a set of many extremely high quality cardbide endmills would be a good prize for as CNC contest, but only if that person actually has a CNC! Or maybe a box full of special plastics for 3D printing...

That makes a lot of sense, I like the thinking behind that, almost too obvious!

I think that makes way more sense

I have several ideas for contests

1) Face Painting

2) Upholstery

3) Design

4) Art (drawing / painting / photography)

5) Flea Market Flip (inspired by the TV show; take a flea market find and make it brand new, do double duty, or re-imagine it as something different)

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