Hey all you Instructables newcomers and lurkers, this contest was made for you! Yes, that’s right, it’s time for you to show us your stuff in the First Time Author Contest. Winners will take home an iPad Mini, Dremel kits, Leathermans, and more goodies. Every winner walks away with a coveted Instructables T-shirt (with the adorable robot), so there’s no reason not to enter!

This is a neat contest because it doesn’t matter what you’ve made — any type of project, technique, or recipe is eligible. You just need to be an author who has never published an Instructable before the contest opening to qualify.

Here are some qualities that successful Instructables possess: clear step-by-step instructions, appealing photos, reproducibility (explain in detail how to make your project), and originality. Do your best! But the most important thing is to put yourself out there and give it a try.

The Instructables community is a fun space to watch, but it’s even more exciting when you participate. Come on in, the water is fine! 

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The First Time Author Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up prize winners will receive:

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 Aug 24, 2015 and Oct 19, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select First Time Author Contest. 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.