Hey all you Instructables newcomers and lurkers, the First-Time Author Contest was made for you! Yes, that’s right, it’s time for you to join in on the fun and post your first Instructable. Any project is eligible as long as it’s your first. Prizes are provided by Lix

Winners will take home a Lix 3D printing pen, Canon EOS Rebel T5i SLR kit, a Kodak PixPro digital camera, and creative books to inspire you. How do we chose winners you ask? A successful Instructable has clear step-by-step instructions, appealing photos, reproducibility, and originality.

The 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 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

20 Prizes

Grand (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second (6)

Six Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize winners will receive:
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 Apr 18, 2016 and May 30, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select First Time Author Contest 2016. 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.