List of Upcoming Contests (updated 5/18/15)

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!

3/30-6/22 - 3D Design Contest
4/6-6/1 - Crafting 101
4/13-5/25 - K'NEX Contest
4/20-6/1 - Backyard Contest
5/4-6/15 - Hiding Places
5/4-5/25 - Duct Tape Challenge
5/11-6/1 - Things That Fly Challenge
5/11-6/22 - Meat Contest
5/18-6/29 - Reuse Contest
5/18-6/29 - Home Automation

5/18-6/29 - Outdoor Cooking Contest
5/25-6/22 - Pizza Challenge
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 - Makeover 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
9/21-11/2 - Leatherworking Contest (sponsored by Tandy Leather)

*All contests subject to change.

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I hope the list gets updated soon. : )

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

Same here :)

me too!

Adum248 days ago

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

Attmos1 month 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!

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.

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


legochest16 days ago

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

Saiyam25 days 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 ( 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_Tasha29 days 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.

Saiyam1 month 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

shazni1 month 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.

fabloom1 month 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

M3G1 month ago

Unusual Uses Contest, that sounds interesting!

aru122951 month 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

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.

Corinbw3 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)  Corinbw3 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.

violingirl1 month ago

When will the next 3D printing contest be?

Never mind, I thought the current 3D printing contest was closed because you could vote.

Raitis2 months ago

I could swear I saw reuse contest in this list scheduled for April 13th for a short period a while ago. :D

Other than that, the list is huge, thanks for all the work making it happen!

There's a reuse contest on May 18th!

I see and am very excited about it, just shared my observation from some time around the mid-March I think. Wayback machine doesn't have a snapshot unfortunately. (:

PinkBandar2 months ago

today is 27th may and they hav'nt launched the earring challenge yet.Are the cancelling it?

It's launched!

it is 26th April in USA... wait

www1392 months ago

are you going to have the rods and connectors contest this year? later? in summer?

We are having the K'NEX Contest instead of the Rods and Connectors contest this year!

That's too bad. We were expecting to have the contest in summer and so we haven't finished our ball machine yet. Dang.

You can always make something smaller, or publish a work in progress :)

yeah, good idea! Maybe we'll do that!! :D

Kona-chan2 months ago

oewh hiding places, the art of steath eh?

yeh I can do something with that

Would ear cuffs be eligible for the earring challenge?


Attmos Kiteman2 months ago

LOL, no, seriously, I'm laughing out loud!

Raitis Kiteman2 months ago

As a non-jewellery person this was pretty similar to what I thought about when hearing "ear cuffs"

I'm pretty sure anything that attaches to the ear would be allowed.

More Cowbell2 months ago

Hiding it.

antoniraj2 months ago

Glitter Challenge does not have any description

Now it has...

allie.fauer2 months ago

For the Pi contest, is any tech project acceptable or does it have to use a Raspberry Pi? If any tech project is acceptable, will those completed using a Raspberry Pi be favored?

Any pie themed project or project involving a microcontroller is eligible :)


There isn't much room for preferential treatment pre-finalists. When someone likes a project, they tend to vote for it regardless of how well it fits the contest. Once finalists are revealed and they enter judging, the contest description comes into play a bit more. There are many things a judge considers when scoring a finalist. How well it fits the contest is a consideration, albeit a small one in my opinion. It may make the difference between winning first or grand. Also keep in mind the contest is ultimately about Pi day and not Rasberry Pi.

Vyger2 months ago

Is a beverage considered a snack food for the snack contest?


stevemoseley3 months ago

Any word on that 3D Design contest that was supposed to start yesterday?

It's posted! We had a few last minute details that needed to be ironed out, but anything published since Monday is still eligible!

Corinbw3 months ago

will the 3D design contest be up today sometime?

It's launched! We had a few last minute details that needed to be ironed out, but anything published since Monday is still eligible!

goldlego3 months ago

Will there be a LEGO contest to correspond with upcoming K'NEX contest?

The LEGO contest usually runs in the summer.

MissionSRX3 months ago

Are there any updates for the Burn It! contest?

The Burn it contest is gone I cant find it I wonder what is happening?

There's a minor bug that means contests sometimes disappear from view while the finalists are being judged, but the direct link still works:

Does anyone know when the winners for the CNC contest will be announced? I'm excited for it.

They are announced now!

Yeah I saw that.

Actually, there might be a small delay with that contest, but we hope to be able to announce winners later this week!

Not_Tasha3 months ago

The contest description for Pranks isn't up

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