If you've never posted an Instructable before, now's the time! The First-Time Author Contest is designed for people just like you, and any project you decide to make is eligible. Whether you're a new member or have been watching from the sidelines for years, we can't wait to see the things you create.

Prizes include a Nikon DSLR camera, Kodak PixPro camera, Black & Decker rotary tool, and more. Instructables will be judged on clarity, ingenuity, and thorough documentation of the project. Don't be shy -- join in on the creative fun!
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The First Time Authors Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second (5)

Five 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 Nov 21, 2016 and Jan 16, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


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