The First Time Author contest is open to any Instructable posted by a first-time author; if you've never shared an Instructable before, this contest is for you.

We know it can be daunting for new authors to compete against seasoned Instructables veterans, so we run this contest regularly to provide a level playing field for brand new authors. It's your chance to introduce yourself to the Instructables community and put forward your best work!

Finalists will be eligible to win a host of cool prizes such as a MacBook Air, iPad or a Leatherman.

We have resources to help you make your first Instructable a great one. Be sure to check out our free online class How to Write an Instructable, and for going above and beyond check out the Featuring Guidelines.

The First Time Author is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
  • A MacBook Air
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize Winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

Second (5)

Three Second Prize Winners will receive:
  • A Leatherman Surge
  • An Instructables Prize Pack

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Winners will receive:
  • An Instructables Prize Pack
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 Nov 12, 2018 and Jan 7, 2019 (11:59pm PT).


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