Have you been waiting for just the right moment to post your very first instructable? Well, the time is now! The First Time Author Contest is a chance to win a prize by teaching the rest of the Instructables community something new!

This contest is open to anyone who hasn't created an Instructable before.

There is no guided theme for any specific kind of project, we will be focusing on the quality of your Instructable. This means you should be writing clear and reproducible step-by-step instructions, and document your process with clear, easy to follow and appealing photos.

Your first time entering a contest could turn into your first time winning one; if you become one of those winners, you’ll be getting a Canon EOS REBEL T7i, a Bandsaw, or a Leatherman - and, of course, an Instructables T-Shirt.

Do you need some tips on the making a good instructable? Check out our featuring guidelines here!

The First Time Author Contest 2018 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

First Prize (3)

Second Prize (5)

Runner Up (10)

How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jan 8, 2018 and Mar 5, 2018 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select First Time Author Contest 2018. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.