Hey all you Instructables lurkers, newcomers, and wallflowers! We designed this First-Time Author Challenge because we want you to come out from the shadows and experience the pleasure of publishing your very own set of instructions for a project. There’s nothing quite like inspiring another human being to make something with their hands. And this time, you have a chance to win an iPad Mini and a coveted Instructables T-shirt.

The contest is open to first-time Instructables authors only. Simply create your first Instructable, enter it in this contest, and you’re golden! We’re looking for a quality presentation: make it look appealing with beautiful, clear photos. Also, we want to see reproducibility: make sure you explain in detail how to make your project. Finally, we will weigh the originality of the project.

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

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The First Time Author Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize

51 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • an Apple iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray)
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Runner Up (50)

Twenty five runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.
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 Oct 27, 2014 and Dec 1, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


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