List of Upcoming Contests (updated 10/9/15)

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!

8/24-11/16 - Epilog Contest
9/21-11/2 - Leatherworking Contest (sponsored by Tandy Leather)
9/21-10/19 - Fall for Yarn Challenge
9/28-11/23 - Wearable Tech Contest
10/12-11/23 - Time Contest
10/12-11/23 - Sugar Contest
10/19-11/23 - Caffeine Challenge
10/19-1/11 - Make It Glow! Contest
10/19-11/30 - Dorm Food Contest
10/26-12/7 - Book It Contest
10/26-12/7 - Spectacular Failures Contest
11/2-12/14 - Animal Innovations Contest
11/2-12/14 - Robotics Contest
11/9-12/21 - Patterns Contest (sewing!)
11/9-12/21 - Heirloom Recipes Contest
11/16-12/14 - Cooking For One Challenge
11/16-12/14 - 3 Ingredient Challenge
11/23-1/18 - Furniture Hacks Contest
11/23-1/4 - Dyeing for Color
11/30-1/4 - Homemade Gift Contest
11/30-1/25 - 2x4 Contest
12/7-1/11 - Leftovers Challenge
12/7-1/18 - SciFi Contest
12/7-1/18 - Indoor Gardening Contest
12/14-2/8 - Brave the Elements Contest
12/14-1/25 - Arduino All the Things! Contest
12/21-2/15 - Chocolate Contest

*All contests subject to change.

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Hi everyone, in an effort to make contests easier to keep track of, we are starting to post all contests on Facebook! If you're a facebook user, you can subscribe the Instructables events page here https://www.facebook.com/instructables/events which will be updated with current contests!

We can also do something similar on Pinterest if people would be interested! Let me know!

so will this list not be updated?

Don't worry, we will still keep this page as updated as we can!

Yeah I'm fine with watching this site, but expansion is cool.

I'm a fan of this page, easier to catch changes/updates.

Don't worry, we will still keep this page as updated as we can!

Kiteman14 days ago

I've just noticed... there don't seem to be any contests next year??

Attmos Kiteman12 days ago

Is that a subtle warning to us that they're ending, or a subtle reminder to update the list? :)

Kiteman Attmos12 days ago

Hopefully the latter...

makendo Kiteman12 days ago

And it seems they didn't make it to the end of the list - Furniture Hacks hasn't materialized. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted

What do you mean by "materialized"?

I've asked a question about this contest and still no-one has replied :(

It says the furniture hacks contest opens on Nov 23rd.

I just meant it hadn't shown up yet - I was mostly just kidding with the others who were expressing mock concern that contests might be over. Re: your question - I suspect that the contest will involve modification of any piece of furniture to somehow improve it for your purposes.

Attmos makendo12 days ago

Well, they waited until almost all of the contests were over until the list was updated last time... I'm optimistic!

Raitis Kiteman12 days ago

Well, that would be an abrupt stop, hope that isn't the case. :)


Look at the dates - nothing after December.

aieee! *runs off to create more instructables before the end of the contests"

First tmer here but already submitted two entries for Halloween food and decor that ends last night, I only knew of this recently so I am able to put my entries together before contest end but I only see one entry accepted once, my spooky Creepy finger cookies, my question can I enter as much as I can on diffe

rent contest, what is the ruling regarding winning, if one entry wins ex in 3rd prize, does it limit the chance to win higher prizes on other contest?

no winning a contest does not effect the outcome of another

Thank you, Excellent news, so I will now start to try to enter different contest and see if I have the chance to be lucky as I do not win in any random draw.

You can enter one instructable in a maximum of 3 contests and that instructable has a change to win in all three contests. Winning a runner up or 3rd prize in one contest does not limit the chance to win a higher prize in another contest.

that's very helpful, now I know, this only means This is fair in each contest. GREAT, as the saying goes "you need to be in to win it"

Also, one person can enter many intructables into one contest; But that person can only win one prize in that contest.

thank you,

yonatan2427 days ago

Furniture Hacks?

Does this mean: Ikea Hacks? (lamps and more stuff)?

Attmos1 month ago

Are there any guidelines for the Epic Fail Contest?

Not_Tasha1 month ago

Caffeine!!!! Thanks!

yonatan241 month ago

What exactly is the "10/26-12/7 - Spectacular Failures Contest"?

d0vr yonatan241 month ago

Probably think along the lines of Post-it Notes®, where the tacky adhesive substance was created accidentally by an engineer who was originally trying to create a super strong adhesive. The original goal was a failure, but the result was the spectacular square yellow bits of paper we know and love today.

This thread from the forums


has had a lot of members discussing their failures and how they led them to success. I'm assuming it revolves around that concept.

ashervivi881 month ago

Yay! It got posted! Thank you! :D

yonatan242 months ago

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

Raitis yonatan242 months ago

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

That soup will be beautiful. It's a nice idea. I'll make that if I get some free time after finishing my current one-month-late project.

Attmos Raitis2 months ago


yonatan241 month ago

Thanks for the update!

Sparticles1 month ago

Thanks for the update!

Just to be sure, is the "Book it contest" about books? (because "book it" sounds like it's from the verb "to book")

Great to have some deadlines for projects that have been in limbo for months.

Still waiting for an update to the list. : (

It's been updated!

Love you Danger!

Thanks! You're the best!

Thanks a lot for the update!

Same, with 2 contests already started that weren't on this list

Read the top part of this page, not all of the contests make it onto this list. Keeps us on our toes. :)

None of the new contests are on the list at this point. The last contest on the list opened on the 21st.

I know. :) I was just trying to put a positive spin on things and maybe talk myself down from my own frustration.

if you go to the contest archives you can see contests a few days in advance


also there is a sugar contest coming up! http://www.instructables.com/contest/sugar/

how did you see that?

see what?

That they post a couple contests in advance on the archives page. I would never have thought to look there. I mean, by definition it's a place were you go to see past contests. Really, I'm just complimenting you on your out of the box thinking.

oh well thank you! I think that it is actually a bug


a failures contest i have a few to enter in that!

sonic broom2 months ago

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!

Dushyanta 2 months ago

Update the list please

It gets updated whenever new contests are arranged.

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

uncontested3 months 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.

Attmos3 months ago

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

jessyratfink (author)  Attmos3 months ago

Looks like Danger just posted it!


Saiyam3 months 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_Tasha4 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_Tasha4 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.

Not_Tasha Kiteman3 months ago


Saiyam Kiteman3 months 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

Kiteman4 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_Tasha4 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.

DangerousTim4 months ago

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

it did

Brooklyntonia5 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!

Attmos6 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.

Adum245 months ago

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

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