It is time again for a First Time Author Contest!

We are seeking out all the members out there who haven't been inspired to post...yet!

Please share your projects now for a chance at winning a gift card in the First Time Author Contest! In order to qualify, you must be posting your first Instructable into the contest and only new projects qualify (you can't enter an old project you already posted before this contest started even if it's your first).

P.S. Curious about what makes a great instructable? Check out our Help Center to learn more about documenting and presenting your project so others can learn from it.

The First Time Author Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

24 Prizes

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $500 Digital Gift Card

First Prize

Three First Prize Winners will receive:

  • $300 Digital Gift Card

Second Prize

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:

  • $100 Digital Gift Card

Runner Up

15 Runner Up Prize Winners will receive:

  • $50 Digital Gift Card
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 Jul 18, 2022 and Sep 12, 2022 (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.