List of Upcoming Contests (updated 7/13/15)

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!

5/25-7/6- Bedroom Contest
5/25-7/6 - Creative Market Contest
6/1-7/13 - Pallet Contest
6/1-7/13 - Rainbow Contest
6/8-7/6 - Unusual Uses Challenge
6/8-8/31 - Outside Contest
6/8-8/3 - Metal Contest
6/15-7/27 - Before and After Contest
6/15-7/13 - PVC Challenge
6/15-7/13 - Clay Challenge
6/22-8/3 - Hair and Makeup Contest
6/22-7/20 - Oil and Vinegar Challenge
6/29-7/20 - Photography Tips and Tricks Challenge
7/6-8/24 - Fandom Contest
7/6-8/10 - Summer Fun Contest
7/13-8/17 - Travel Tips Contest
7/13-9/7 - Summer Food and Drink Contest
7/20-9/14 - Wedding Contest
7/20-8/17 - Soldering Challenge
7/27-8/24 - Feet Challenge
7/27-8/24 - Wax Challenge
8/3-9/29 - Camping and Backpacking Food Challenge
8/3-9/28 - Cars and Motorcycles Contest
8/10-9/27 - Safety Challenge
8/10-9/21 - Remix 2.0 Contest
8/10-9/7 - Baking Challenge
8/17-10/12 - Concrete and Casting Contest
8/17-9/28 - Microcontroller Contest
8/24-11/16 - Epilog Contest
8/24-10/19 - First Time Authors Contest
8/31-10/26 - Survival Contest
8/31-9/28 - Shelving Challenge
9/7-11/2 - Preserve It! Contest

9/14-11/9 - Halloween Costume Contest
9/14-11/9 - Halloween Props Contest
9/14-11/9 - Halloween Decor Contest
9/14-11/9 - Halloween Food Contest
9/21-11/2 - Leatherworking Contest (sponsored by Tandy Leather)

*All contests subject to change.

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Is there going to be a LEGO contest this year?

you do know that your comment is the 777th on this topic

No I did not.

is there a limit or something?

no just kinda cool!

yonatan2413 days ago

Is there any way to get an email from Instructables when this list gets updated?

Yes, code a notification sender using Python or something and obviously post an 'ible for doing that. :)

Attmos Raitis12 days ago


Dushyanta 12 days ago

Update the list please

It gets updated whenever new contests are arranged.

Not_Tasha16 days ago

Will the list be updated? Thanks!


Pretty please with sugru on top!?

So I am guessing the potato challenge has been replaced with the edible art challenge?

uncontested1 month ago

It would be nice if you added links to the contests when they become active!

That seems like a lot of work when you can just go to the contest page.

I find it easier to scan the text here than the pretty graphics on the contest page, especially since the graphics change when you hover.

Plus this list includes start dates as well as the end dates. End dates on the contest page are only available if you're hovering over a contest.

Interesting. I find the contest page easier, even with the distraction of the pretty graphics. I can't make any sense of the tiny black numbers all squished together into one big glob. I have to write them out in my notebook, nice and big, lots of space in between, lots of different colours.... And even then half the time I'm still surprised when they suddenly pop up on the contest page.

I think Brooklyntonia is correct that it would be an awful lot of work to create those links. But that would be up to the people who have to do the work. Maybe they will think it's a good idea. In the meantime, I don't think having to hover is that much of a hardship.

We all have our own reading styles. I'm very text oriented since I've been reading since age 3! But on my own website, I'm working to make the data I present available in a standardized iconic form for those who take in pictorial content more easily.

I don't remember when I started reading, but it's not that I have difficulty reading it, only that I have trouble sorting it and remembering it. I actually prefer text to pictures. I absolutely hate it when I buy something and the instructions are all in the form of silly little diagrams that I can't make heads or tails of. Both text and pictures is best, which makes Instructables perfect for me.

Attmos1 month ago

I'm really sorry to bother you but is the Epilog contest coming out today?

jessyratfink (author)  Attmos1 month ago

Looks like Danger just posted it!


Saiyam1 month ago

So the microcontroller contest was changed into Raspberry pi contest. That would suddenly make the theme too limited. Was there something wrong written in the upcoming contests list or there was a change made later?

Still good that this makes it another pi contest in the same year!

Not_Tasha2 months ago

I don't know if you are aware, but the links for "Want more contests? Check out Instructables' upcoming contests here!" lead back to the main contest page. Almost none of them work.

Raitis Not_Tasha2 months ago

Completely none of them do for active contests. The latest contests seem to have a Want more contests? Check out Instructables' current contests here! text present which leads me to think, that this forum thread might be on its way out as well, eventually.

While I like to check out what's coming up and maybe consider a project or two to match the contests I wouldn't be overly upset if the thread went away either. It might actually make the contests more winnable for newcomers to the site.

I would be devastated if this thread wasn't here. The only way I can make things to fit the contests is to have a larger window in which to create them and they're my main source of inspiration here.

Don't worry, we aren't getting rid of this, we just thought it was more helpful to redirect people to contests that were currently running rather than contests that haven't launched yet! We will still be updating this!

I'd disagree - I think quite a few people like to "save" projects for upcoming contests.


Saiyam Kiteman1 month ago

Kiteman has rightly said.

I agree with you. I make projects for running contests rather than future contests. but the list gives an idea of what is coming up

Kiteman2 months ago

Good to see a "First Time Author" contest!

(Any details available right now? I have two days of school left to promote it to my students.)

It will be open to anyone who hasn't posted an Instructable before :)

That bit I'd worked out all by myself - I meant in the way of prizes.

(Here's a thought - you can normally enter as many projects into a contest as you like, but this time your second etc entries wouldn't be valid, would they? Or would they? #IConfusedMyself)

Not_Tasha2 months ago

Hi! When will this weeks contests be up? I'm really curious what "feet" entails. Thanks!

They're usually up pretty early on Monday, but you have to remember that the office is in San Francisco, so it's only 8:20 there right now. Be patient.

DangerousTim2 months ago

What's up with the soldering contest? Wasn't it gonna begin on the 20th of July?

it did

Brooklyntonia3 months ago

I hope the list gets updated soon. : )

It's updated now!

wow! that is a lot of contests!

and all the way through October wow!


I so wanted to ask this :). Thanks :)

Same here :)

me too!

Attmos4 months ago

Usually I don't like to spoil the surprise for myself, but I'm curious about the focus of the Fandom contest. Sports? T.V.? Movies? Books? Games? etc.

Anything you are a fan of, included, but not limited to TV shows, movies, video games, comics, teams, etc. It will be leaning to the geeky side though, and I don't want to spoil anything, but we have a great prize provider which I'm very excited about and I hope other people are too!

It's open! There are some very cool prizes. Now, if we only knew what other contests to look forward to. The list has nearly hit bottom and I'd love some new inspiration.

I'm already working on my entry lol

Looking Forward to seing what everyone else is making !

the suspense for the prize is killing me! :)


My guess would be all of the above. The focus on the contests tends to be pretty broad most of the time.

Adum243 months ago

Just wondering when this page will be updated! I'm really excited to see what is coming for the fall and winter!

So is the fandom contest like about stuff you are a fan of? Like comics, video games, movies, and more?


legochest3 months ago

Oh no! I missed the Knex contest :( and no LEGO contest this year?

Saiyam3 months ago

A thing that I observed in most of the contests is that when they have their last word as 'challenge', they usually have a total of 26 prizes- one of them is the grand prize and rest 25 are runner ups. Or simply saying, the prizes are too limited and not good as other contests (not criticizing but just comparing). On the other hand, the contests that have their last word as- 'contest' have a great bunch of prizes which include grand prize, judges' prize, first, second and so on. For eg- things that fly, duct tape, unusual uses fall in the first category and home automation, bedroom, rainbow fall in the second. Just wanted to know if this is really true, just a coincidence or I'm thinking too much. But I'm pretty much sure about that as coincidence cannot happen each time. A reply would be really appreciated.

Your observations are correct. The challenges also generally run on a shorter time frame and will usually have less entries because of that. The challenges simply allow staff to run more contests. They cost less to run because they have less prizes, but members get inspired and winners get recognized.

Thanks to both of you for sending your conformations. Things have got much clear now. Thanks again :).

Yes, contests and challenges are different. Challenges are short (only 3-4 weeks) and have one grand prize and 25 runner up prize winners. This allows us to run more contests and let more people participate in contests and have a greater chance of winning. Challenges are always specified in their headings and are sorted to the bottom of the contest page (http://www.instructables.com/contest/). Hope that answers your question!

What is the meaning of Fandom contest ? What should we need to do ?

The details will come out when the contest actually opens, but it will most likely include any instructable that involves a subject that you can be a fan of. For example: tv shows, sports teams, movies, comics, etc.

Yes, Brooklyntonia is correct! Anything you are a fan of, included, but not limited to TV shows, movies, video games, comics, teams, etc. It will be leaning to the geeky side though and we have an amazing prize provider which I'm very excited about!

Not_Tasha3 months ago

Hi! I'm a little confused abotu the Intel contest. A project proposal had to be already submitted in order to get a developer kit prior to this contest being added today?

Yes, there was a posting in the Events section of the forums.

The Creative Market contest says that it starts on May 25, I believe, but I don't see it on the list of contests. Did it get cancelled? Or am I reading the date wrong?

The Creative Markets contest is the Graphic Design contest.

Oh, okay. Thanks for clearing that up. I was just curious to see what it was all about.

Saiyam4 months ago

Any idea when will the finalists of coded creations contest be announced?

Normally, contest finalists are revealed on Tuesdays, but the Coded Creations Contest is sponsored. Sponsored contests can take 2-3 weeks longer to close. You'll just have to be patient.

Sorry, finalists are usually revealled on Fridays. Tuesdays are when closed contests shift into last minute voting.

Oh, got that. Thanks.

I'm waiting for the metal contest!

I have an idea :)


i get the dates now it is 5/4 to 5/25

shazni4 months ago

Other than just printing images from the computer what exactly are you looking for in the 'Graphic Design Contest'? I'm kind of confused about it. Is it that you require us to design images using existing images?? please help.

fabloom4 months ago

when is the clay challenge ? i couldnt understand the date

It's opens the 15th of June and closes the 13th of July.

It might be time to start writing this list differently for the sake of our non-US friends. It seems many can't figure out how to read The dates.

A single line explaining the date format above the list and the issue is gone. :)

But really, it's not that much of an issue to find a date which makes sense and work from there or cross check the dates with running contests.

I know what I will be working on the next couple of months

M3G4 months ago

Unusual Uses Contest, that sounds interesting!

aru122954 months ago

What are the main objectives of the rainbow contest, bedroom contest and creative market contest?

Yup, the Bedroom Contest is anything for your bedroom! The Rainbow Contest is open to anything that utilizes color as a main element of the project-it's very open ended :)


the bedroom contest would probably about making stuff for a bedroom

Brooklyntonia4 months ago

So excited about Travel Tips Contest! Thanks for this one!

On another note though, shouldn't the outdated contests be removed from this list when it gets updated? It is a topic about upcoming contests after all.

Good idea! I'll update it and take out the old contests that are over!

Okay, I have a question about the "outside" contest. Is that similar to the "backyard" contest, or will you be looking for a different kind of project for it?

I'm asking because I had an entry in mind for the backyard contest but have had too many interruptions and have not been able to get it done. I was going to try to rush it to get it in, but if I could save it for later.....

The Outside Contest is more aimed at camping type of projects, but anything outdoors related will be eligible!

Thanks. I realized that after I asked the question. I doubt I'll have much worth entering anyway. There just aren't enough hours in the day. But I'll do what I can. :)

You'll probably get away with it - if a project is borderline suitable, they tend to err on the side of generosity and let it in.

Thanks Kiteman, though that wasn't really my question. I don't believe in entering anything that doesn't fit the theme of the contest, and I am not trying to get away with anything. Just wondering, since "outside" is a pretty broad term, if anything goes or if there is a more specific part of "outside" that is going to be focused on...

I don't really know what I mean. With my luck I won't get the chance to do anything anyway.

Corinbw6 months ago

I am heavily confused because this page does not make any sense. I do not want to wait until 2026 for the superfood challenge. None of the dates make any sense like 1/5-1/26. what does that mean anyway? idk maybe my computer is really messed up. if im the only one i will shut up.

LOL Good to know I'm not the only one who found it a little confusing at first. I was especially confused by the closed contests that are left on the list, making it look like they are upcoming contests for next year or something. And when there are a lot of overlapping dates for different contests it gets a little hard to sort them out. But then maybe that's just me.

jessyratfink (author)  Corinbw6 months ago

They're just standard dates, from the beginning of the 2015.

That would be January 5 - January 26, 2015. It's just easier for us to write them shorthand since there's a lot of info up there. :)

oh my goodness thank you... That is soo nice to know I finally understand the cryptic upcoming contests page

You think you've got trouble ?;¬)

In the UK (and most of the rest of the world) we read the day/month the other way around so we'd write the list as :

16/3-6/4 - Spring Cleaning Challenge
23/3-13/4 - Bike Contest
30/3-22/6 3D Design Contest
30/3-11/5 - Bacon Contest
6/4-27/4 - Snacks Challenge
6/4-1/6 - Crafting 101

i am happy to see this. I also had the lack of initial understanding. all is clear now.

violingirl4 months ago

When will the next 3D printing contest be?

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