If you’ve been waiting for just the right moment to post your very first instructable, this is it! The First Time Author Contest is for all those authors out there who haven’t yet taken the plunge and posted an Instructable. This contest is open to anyone who hasn't created an Instructable before. So, get the ball rolling and start posting now. As long as you've never posted before, you can enter your first and any projects that follow in the First Time Author Contest!

Since there is no theme, we will be focusing on the quality of your Instructable. We will be looking for clear and reproducible step-by-step instructions, and appealing photos. Your first time entering a contest could turn into your first time winning one; if you become one of those winners, you’ll be getting a MacBook Air, Nikon Coolpix Camera, or a Leatherman!

Do you need some tips on the making a good instructable? Check out our featuring guidelines here!

The First Time Author Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand (1)

MacBook Air
an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

First (3)

Nikon Coolpix L340 20.2MP Digital Camera
Camera Case and SD card
an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Second Prize (5)

Leatherman Juice S2 Multi-Tool
an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Runner Up (20)

Cell Phone Camera Lens
an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

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 24, 2017 and Sep 18, 2017 (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.