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List of Upcoming Contests (updated 1/8/19) Answered

Hello everyone!

Below is a partial list of the 2019 contest calendar. Keep in mind that this list is subject to change and contests will continue to be added throughout the year.

The contests below are already in planning, and I've left off ones that we're still trying to decide on. The months indicate when the contests will be launching. All contests will launch near the beginning of each month.

Keep in mind that the list below is not set in stone. All contests and dates are subject to change!


February

Sweet Treats Challenge
This is a quick challenge for all recipes sugary and sweet.

Organization Contest
Show us your tips, tricks, and tools for keeping your workspace, home or calendar organized!

Build a Tool Contest
Use your tools to build more tools!

Paper Contest
Back again by popular demand! All paper, all the time! There is a judges' prize for paper machines.

Remix Contest
This contest is your chance to take an existing Instructable and use it as inspiration for something new.


March

Weaving Challenge
Oh, what tangled webs we weave...

Tape Challenge
Anything that uses tape is eligible to enter.

Trash to Treasure Contest
Another contest back by popular demand! Take your old junk and turn it into a keepsake.

Pie Challenge
Who doesn't like fresh-baked pie?

Pocket-Sized Contest
This project is open to any contest that can fit into a pocket. The general rule is that if you need to describe the pocket your project can fit into, it is too big.


April

Jewelry Challenge
Design and make your own custom jewelry for you chance to win.

Fat Challenge
This is your chance to cook recipes with fats. You get no extra points for any weight you gain.

Leather Challenge
If you couldn't guess, the Leather Challenge is open to all things leather-working.

Arduino Contest
Make something with an Arduino and really wow us to win some awesome prizes.

Woodworking Contest
The Woodworking Contest is once again back by poplar demand!

Gardening Contest
April showers bring May flowers. Get out in the dirt and get planting.


May

Colors of the Rainbow Contest
We had so much fun with this contest last year, we decided to run it again. There will be special judges' prizes for each color of the spectrum.

Fandom Contest
Show us how you are a super fan of a video game, TV show, movie, book, music group, or (really) anything else!

IoT Challenge
The IoT (Internet of Things) contest is open to all electronics projects that network with other devices and make new friends.

Party Challenge
You gotta fight for your right to.... Paaaar-ty... Challenge!

CNC Challenge
Here is a quick challenge to show us what you can do with your CNC machine. This includes mills, lathes, 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters and any other computer controlled manufacturing machine.


*All contests and dates are subject to change.


Please leave suggestions for prizes here.
You can also leave suggestions about contests here.
Have a contest question? Check the Contest FAQ!


Discussions

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JackCarter

5 days ago

I can't wait for the CNC challenge ! i hope it will come after the Woodworking challenge, and it's not cancelled...

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randofoJackCarter

Reply 5 days ago

The CNC Challenge was moved to September and expanded to be a full contest. We will be updating this page very shortly with the tentative schedule through the fall. We're just ironing out a few last details.

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JackCarterrandofo

Reply 5 days ago

Ow, ok. I will will wait until then, and keep an eye on the upcoming contests page. thanks for your fast reply.

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monsieur_bob

5 days ago

Do you have any updates?

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randofomonsieur_bob

Reply 5 days ago

There are a few more minor things we need to pin down before posting a full update, but hope to have it up shortly.

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monsieur_bob

17 days ago

Do you have any updates?

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MechEngineerMike

9 days ago

FYI @Instructables, I think something is not working correctly with the PARTY CHALLENGE. When I submit my entry it doesnt 'stick' and I get no notification that I attempted to enter like I usually do. It also only has 4 entries with 18 days left to go which suggests others are having trouble entering too. https://www.instructables.com/contest/party2019/

Hey there! I think we found what was happening! Can you try and enter again and I'll make sure your project gets in :D

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DHartley29

9 days ago

i really like the Paaarty challenge

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Open Green Energy

9 days ago

I will suggest giving a certificate ( either digital or physical ) along with the Instructables prize pack.

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CraftAndu

10 days ago

Another outdoor/camping contest would cool! I have an awesome hammock design I am eager to share with you guys! ;)

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HAILITY

14 days ago

Show us your tips, tricks xender. discord.omegle. and tools for keeping your workspace, home or calendar organized!

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binaryben

2 months ago

I have a couple of questions about tango cards for us international contestants. If we win a tango card, does that mean we can exchange the value for whatever gift card we want? And do the rules mean that international contestants won't win an Instructables prize pack if they win?

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audreyobscurabinaryben

Reply 2 months ago

Hey there! This is actually a question that is starting to come up a lot and we're working on ways to clarify the process. So here it goes....

No matter what, everyone is always going to receive the Instructables Robot goods that are described in contest prize packs and giveaway bundles.

If you live outside the US and win more than a Robot Swag Prize Pack from us in a contest, you will receive a gift card in the amount equal to the value of your prize bundle, minus the value of the Robot Swag Pack. The total prize value can be found in the official rules of any contest.

We switched to offering gift cards instead of physical prizes for non-US winners because we were starting to have a lot of prizes get stuck at different customs agencies all over the world which wasn't a fun experience for winners, and slowed us down from offering more contests!

So far, folks have been pretty excited about the update, and it's so great to know that folks cherish our sweet robot gear so much <3

Please let us know if you have any other questions :D

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AceSoundaudreyobscura

Reply 7 weeks ago

I live outside of US, but I can provide an US forwarder address, and they will take care of delivering my prize to me. I used this when I won instructables prize back, and I guess, it will work for higher rated prizes too, right?

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binarybenaudreyobscura

Reply 2 months ago

Hi Audrey. Happy to hear we'd still win robot swag! Especially since there was discussion awhile back around offering more swag variety.

Tbh, the gift card is almost better from my point of view. It in theory allows us to put towards slightly different equipment if we want (I.e., add the value for a higher capacity iDevice, change colour, different model camera, etc). I wonder if USA contestants might benefit from being given the option as well?

Could you please confirm if winners can choose the gift card vendor using tango?

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Texas_Mike

21 days ago

How about another Wheels Contest or maybe simple machines, levers and linkages, Steam Punk Gadgetry?

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reza1995

3 months ago

If I wanted to supply a prize for a particular contest in the future, where do I go to sign up?

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randoforeza1995

Reply 5 weeks ago

We unfortunately don't currently work with any new outside prize suppliers.

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arghc

7 weeks ago

Is there (or could there be) a mailing list to notify us of new contests? Or a general contest mailing list because knowing when a contest is complete and who won would also be interesting.

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randofoarghc

Reply 7 weeks ago

This is the page to come to in order to learn about contests launching. We don't know the schedule yet for the rest of the year, but we should have it pinned down and posted soon.

In terms of closes contests and winners, you can see them for the time being at the bottom of this page:
https://www.instructables.com/contest/

We used to have a monthly author newsletter, but no one really looked at it. However, perhaps we can share them out over social media.

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KS2004

7 weeks ago

hello do you know where we can see the contests for the rest of the year?

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randofoKS2004

Reply 7 weeks ago

We haven't pinned down the calendar yet. We will post them when we know them.

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stevemoseley

2 months ago

It's been about 2 months since the last update to this page. Will there be any updates soon?

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randofostevemoseley

Reply 2 months ago

There are no changes to speak of for the foreseeable future. The calendar is pretty much set through May.

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scitronboy

2 months ago

When will the raspberry pi contest be this year?

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randofoscitronboy

Reply 2 months ago

I have no idea. It is not scheduled yet, but we will let you know when we have one planned.

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Dangerously Explosive

8 months ago

If I wanted to supply a prize for a particular contest in the future, where do I go to sign up?

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randofoDangerously Explosive

Reply 7 months ago

We don't let individuals submit prizes. That said, I'm curious to what you had in mind?

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christa627randofo

Reply 3 months ago

Something dangerously explosive, I'd guess ;-)

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Well, I lately have been working on building my own design of a Delta 3D printer (based on the RepRap philosophy), one of my goals for the project is to be able to market it in a DIY kit form. I thought it would be cool to donate a couple of these kits as prizes for certain contests (although it would be a while from now, I'm still working on the prototypes).

I'm also working on developing a new tricopter drone design, with similar intentions.

And lastly, I remember that just over a year ago, I was stuck hot-gluing cardboard together and wishing I had access to better tools and materials. I entered many, many contests in the hopes of being able to improve my workshop (and thereby my projects). I never did win anything all that useful (in fact I only won once), but through my quest to improve my projects and Instructables, I gained many skills and learned a lot about making things, which opened up some great opportunities to me. Through these, I am now sitting in a room with not one, but four 3D printers, a nice set of tools, and a much better computer than I had a year ago.

I want to help others discover what I discovered, and motivate them to do whatever it is they do better, so that they may have similar experiences and opportunities opened to them. It's not really so much about donating prizes as it is about helping stimulate creativity and ingenuity by giving others a motivation to work towards.

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Mini onion

3 months ago

when are the febuary contests going up???

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randofoMini onion

Reply 3 months ago

Typically first Monday of every month.

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scitronboy

3 months ago

I hope you do a math contest sometime. Also, how often do you do the puzzle challenge???

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randofoscitronboy

Reply 3 months ago

We have done a puzzle challenge once. We may do it again in the future. I am not sure about when we might run a math challenge.

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MindyM46

4 months ago

Are there any plans to run a new author contest again anytime soon?

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MrsKitty22randofo

Reply 4 months ago

I didn't see anything about the New Author Contest either? How often do you run them?