can someone repost the link for the upcoming contests please . Thanks you

Posted by coolbeansbaby68 3 years ago


 Can someone tell me what  contests are coming up in  late may or june  ???

Posted by coolbeansbaby68 5 years ago


Does anyone know why there are no more international contests ? (all contests are limitied to entries from the US, Canada, UK and Australia)  what happened ?

Posted by sitzikbs 6 years ago


 I was wondering if there will be another  metal challenge ? I missed the last one ...

Posted by coolbeansbaby68 6 years ago

Contests being judged

Seems like there is a lag in announcing winners of current Contests being judged that ended on the 20th.

Posted by DiyWaterDog 1 year ago

questions about contests

Hello i have few questions about contests: Iam in middle east, could i participate in the contest how to get the prizes  and I live in Lebanon?

Posted by buraqo 4 years ago


Hi, I just saw the "FIX & REPAIR CONTEST SPONSORED BY BLACK+DECKER" and I wanted to join it. But it's only for USA... Why? Can it may be changed? Would be AWESOME if I could join it! Greetings, Linus

Posted by LinusW 3 years ago

ideas for future contests

There could be a contest on how to judge the contest. I expect winners to be something that took thinking, presented well and also very unique. Things that have been sold for years in stores, done handmade...and things that are all over the Internet...made not seem to be first prize winners in my thoughts.... perhaps if you had a could get all the things people expect from your contests.. .put these items in excel and give points to every thing the project excels at.. ..that is how we pick our scholarship winners for high school alumni each year...

Posted by katerlyn 3 years ago

Not able to enter in the "Make It Move" contest

Hi there, I want to enter for the "Make it Move" contest with the instructable I posted a week ago, but the site doesn't show the option. I read the instructions and it says that you can enter with your previously published instructable. Please help. 

Posted by Mayur BK 10 months ago

submission to contest MIA???

Hi All:I submitted an entry to the "holiday decoration" contest on last Sunday and it hasn't appeared. I see new entries appearing, but not mine. I'm wondering if I did something wrong (likely, as I'm a first time author) or it wasn't accepted for some reason.Thanks!!ambPS: here is the link...

Posted by amb 9 years ago

I wanted to enter two contests but my photo can only be found in one

I tried to enter my photo in two contests, but i can't find it in the 'epic halloween' photos at all, and i can only see the voting buttons for the 'led' contest on my page: I searched all the pages for the halloween entries and i couldn't find my project, is there a bug?

Posted by cory4281 5 years ago

Contests On Time?

I have a question, how come every time it says a contests ends, for example "wear it contest, judging ends Oct 28, 2014"   You guys never actually show the winners until much later? Its Oct 30 and still no sign. I really want to see if the instructable I voted for won! Is my computer just late to get the results or does it take a long time to show the winners? No offense but you guys really should follow your deadlines better. (Please don't think im rude, Im really just wondering why its delayed so much) Anyway, Thanks for listening to my feedback.

Posted by Waztsn 3 years ago

should I give up on entering contests/posting detailed unique ideas?

Disheartened by contest results, I really feel like pulling some of my instructables and not publishing any further ones (I am taking some time right now to work on another project I was documenting for instructables but I feel like there isn't a point to the extra time involved in pausing to take pictures of every little thing).  It probably seems silly, but I did end up shoving a whole bunch of my priorities aside to make sure it was in before the deadline. My original idea was not among the top 5%, some of which were things I could buy derivatives of in a store or have definitely seen before.  I guess I am just looking for affirmation that this is a pretty commonplace occurrence, and as a first time contest entrant that eventually something will pan out and I'll wind up with a tshirt (I mean that's pretty much all I want out of the deal, the prizes are nice but the tshirts are cooler. not that anyone would really ask about them, but maybe when I visit geek-saturated areas...) if I keep trying.   Perhaps I was too confident and it takes way more than 50 hours to make a winning instructable (through all my trials and errors, it might have been more than 50) You could tell me that my pictures or use of language were not as good as the others, but I am pretty sure I have a decent command of the English language and most of my photos were ok, with the exception of having a few from a cellphone, in the dimly lit space I had to work in.  Granted, those steps were so self-explanatory others would've just added them as a sentence i.e. "Cut the chain".  I also went through the other entries, also from last year, and was pretty certain I'd place. Could ascribing it as "NoDerivs" possibly have anything to do with how the sponsor judged it?  I just don't want someone using their modified idea for an NGO without considering consulting me, I am only partially employed and am looking for that kind of employment, even being consulted without pay would be a CV boost at this point.  I could care less how many people make it for themselves or other groups in their backyards, as long as they aren't selling the idea or trying to one-up me.  Perhaps I should consider a different license attribute and just write in plain text what I mean by it? How does everyone else network to get people to vote for their entries? When your instructable is complicated, how do you shorten it enough to make sure people of all levels can understand?   Do a few cellphone pictures in an instructable of many photos ruin it (I don't always have a camera on hand and until super recently I didn't have an SLR as mine was stolen in Peru - I had to borrow one for some of my photos)?  Not as many people seem to like my most complicated instructable, so I wonder if length or complexity factors in... Do you think length factors into contest decisions?  Because my next project is also long, as unique ideas often are.  And I don't want to skip describing details and just say "put the capacitor in" or "build a rectifier circuit" when, since I started building circuits this Fall (partially thanks to instructables), I would have wanted to know details like to bend legs of a capacitor if I was following an instructable, and I was super confused by an instructable (a featured one at that) that said simply "build a rectifier circuit".   Sigh, I guess I am just bitter that I won't get one of those awesome tshirts. should I post the next idea on instructables once it is completed or not?  Or are ideas like that generally not appreciated in this community?  (hint: it is similar to the light up swing powered by a bicycle dynamo I posted, but implements another piece of playground equipment instead).  Perhaps I should just keep them to myself until I've built them beyond working prototypes?   Sorry for all the questions and being a Debbie Downer, I am just reflecting on what could have factored into my entry not having been selected as one of the top 25.  I was pretty sure it was at least in the top 10 or so.  If I am going to improve on future projects, I want to know what I should consider focusing on, and if complex projects don't really belong here (or if others have good ideas on how to shorten them).  Thanks all.

Posted by danja.mewes 3 years ago

Why aren't all the contests international?

Why aren't all the contests international?

Posted by geo bruce 6 years ago

Upcoming Contest List Page Bug?

When I click the link to view upcoming contests, the page doesn't load. Is this just a "me" problem or are others experiencing this as well? 

Posted by Not_Tasha 8 months ago

Finding out about forthcoming contests.

I'm not sure if this has been asked before although I do seem to have a vague recollection of someone mentioning it. Is there any way of finding out what contests are planned for say the next month or so?

Posted by Nostalgic Guy 6 years ago

Contest Judging?

It seems that all contests have the same "Criteria"  originality, usefulness, simplicity, and clarity of instructions. I have looked at some of the past contest winners and wonder how these "Criteria" were applied. Some of the past winners have been anything but simple, and the instructable may have many questions in the comments about what is meant  in the instructions or asking for clarifications. Also the "usefulness" of some of the winners is very questionable. It looks like the more complicated and outlandish the instructable the better chance it has to win.

Posted by daveda 5 years ago

Can't publish my project to First Time contest, even though date range is okay

I created a new instructable, my first time, on Sept 10: I tried to enter the contest for "First Time Author": However, but I get a pop-up message "You haven't published any eligible instructables yet." - and my only option is to create a new instructable. Which would not be my first time :) So although there are still seven days left in the contest, and I'm logged in, and my project was created within the date range - I can't enter the contest. Frustrating! Any idea what I'm doing wrong here?

Posted by outfigurable 11 months ago

Participate from Brazil

I can not be living in Brazil? why? The design can be based on an existing idea on Instructables?

Posted by gustavol 6 years ago

Reduced or Increased odds of winning if entering multiple contests?

If I enter three contests and become a finalist or win one of them, does that in any way negatively affect my chances of becoming a finalist or winning in the other day?  Do the "powers that be" decide that since I did well in another, they want to give someone else a chance? Thanks!

Posted by siliconghost 2 years ago

What are judges looking for?

I'm curious about the judging process for contests. Most contests seem to have pretty loose rules and are judged without clear criteria. I put a lot of time and effort into my entries, and many of my instructables get featured, but I've only been a finalist once. If I knew better what judges were looking for, I could target my efforts better. Any suggestions, or could judging criteria be posted somewhere? Like are they looking for the most off-the-wall ideas, best photos, clearest explanations, etc.?

Posted by susanrm 6 years ago

Make it Real Challenge

In the Make it Real Challenge it states that you can use the 123d design software to help you. When I go to their website I only see downloads for Windows 32 and 64 bit. I was wondering if they have any available 123d software for Mac computers? Any help on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by kyleslab 6 years ago

What makes Instructables contests great??

Hey! Tell us what you like best about Instructables contests! 

Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago

Monthly Contests

I would like to see monthly or bi-monthly contests with no specific topic. Just a contest for the best instructable in that time period. It's a bummer to publish an instructable but not be eligible for any contests simply due to timing.

Posted by NightHawkInLight 5 years ago

Stuff on a Stick Contest not shown on home page contest list

Stuff on a Stick Contest is not listed nor does the banner ad show up in the rotation on the home page.  It is still an active contest.  Maybe stick a "more" button or link to all contests.

Posted by caitlinsdad 8 years ago

I Can't Comment Under Some Contests

I can't comment in the sections of a contest  (Contest Info, Entries, that stuff). Can anyone help?

Posted by splazem 7 years ago

Joining the Lionbrand Contest Group

trying to enter the Lionbrand contest. How do I do this? I have created something but it is not complete.

Posted by cronicky 10 years ago

New Contest Banner Bug

The mouse over on the first banner in the contest page, Green Design Contest, is inverted. The mouse over displays when the mouse is off and hides when you mouse over.

Posted by bwrussell 5 years ago


Could I post the same instructable into this contest and the Light up your Ride contest?

Posted by pmac93 9 years ago


Would it be possible to have a board where contest applicants can post their entries. It gets VERY confusing when they are mixed with the general instructables. This doesn't seem too hard to do.

Posted by rickharris 6 years ago

Can't enter in contest I accidentely left

Hi, I had joint the First Time Author Contest, and I got accepted. Then, as the contest wasn't showing on my instructable page, I left the contest to enter again. When I try to enter again, it tells me "pending approval" but I don't receive any email confirmation, and when I click on contest again, it says "add" again, and not "pending approval". Is this normal? Can't we enter again after leaving a contest? Thanks

Posted by Aerandir14 7 months ago


Do you think there is going to be a Halloween contest this year? I hope so b/c I'm working on something Halloweeny. Plus it seems like during the Halloween cotest someone always complains/whines about their project not being a finalist or someone pirating their idea, which can be entertaining. I had some other contest ideas: Most Likely to be Sold in an Infomercial. (Stuff that is in the tradition of Ron Popiel) Practicallity Contest. (Stuff that may not be sexy, but is very useful) Dark Ages Contest. (The projects couldn't contain LEDs or electronics.) Vacuum Contest (Ibles for the vacuum cleaner or that use a vacuum. You'd want them to suck. :) Just a couple of thoughts.

Posted by RadBear 8 years ago

When clicking on contests, login lost

Even though I login (Firefox browser), and see my You profile, when I click on contests, it switches to Login, and any attempt to log in does nothing. I can't leave any comments or enter.

Posted by custompowersolar 4 years ago

More sites like Instructables

Hi, what I like best about Instructables are the awesome contests here. Are there any similar sites which have equally awesome contests? 

Posted by AkshitaM 3 years ago

Leatherman Juice?

Are they going to be offered as for contests prizes again? =) (well, not specifically Juice) ;-)

Posted by ll.13 10 years ago


I am from Serbia and I have some great ideas for some current contest but in the terms of use is unfortunately mentioned that only several countries can participate. Can you please add Serbia before the end of current contests?

Posted by luani 4 years ago


Ok so im a Finalist in the El Wire contest and i was just wondering, how does the judging work on contests. I was in second for votes but now it says im in 6th and i just wanted to clarify how judging works. It would be nice if an admin posted an answer on this but anyone is free to comment.

Posted by chaoschao99 8 years ago

Log in

OK so I'm a new member. I'm trying to vote for some contests. ill be logged in and then ill go to the voting page and it will log me out. i try to log back in and nothing happens and i stay logged out. then i go to a different instructable page and log in and it works. this happens on all contest pages. I'm sure I'm using the right user name and password cause i looked and then typed and even copied and pasted. It is only on the contest page. PLS HELP THNX Sidewinder152guy

Posted by sidewinder152guy 4 years ago

Republishing Past Instructables and Some Ideas for Contest Improvement

I have seen many users entering instructables into current contests that were published at an earlier date, some even placing. Because of this I am wondering about Instructables feelings toward such things. I have several Instructables which were published within the last few months that never had the chance to be entered into a related contest, but now there are some contests that fit perfectly. Am I permitted to publish a new version of those Instructables in order to qualify, or are some of the past examples of this being done just what got through the cracks? In any case, I would like to suggest a few options for improvement, any of which would help greatly: 1. All contests should allow any fresh instructables to enter, at least those created only a few months prior to the starting date. 2. Users should have warning of what contests are to come in the near future. This would at least allow those who are currently working on new content to know whether or not to delay publishing by a few days in order to qualify. 3. A new instructable could be allowed a limited number of contest entries (3 for example), to be used at any time in the future until they are expended. This would allow users to enter into related contests as they appear, but still force the creation of new content once the entries for past instructables are gone. This would also clear up much of the unrelated clutter in contests because users would be more careful not to use up their entries in contests that their instructable really doesn't fit well with. Any of those options would be a much appreciated courtesy to those who provide the content for this site, much of which seems to be labeled ineligible to the contests by mere days because there was no warning to wait. I understand that contests are made to inspire new content for the site, but I do not believe that those who have recently contributed without that incentive should be left out. Any of the above options would keep the same effect as the current system, yet also be good to those who contribute before a reward is offered. Overall my point is that instructables made within the past few months to a year are still fresh content which is bringing traffic and revenue to the site. It is only fair that the creators should still be eligible for recent contests.

Posted by NightHawkInLight 6 years ago

Contests and Getting Featured....

I don't know what to think of this, but there has to be a better way.... My instructable ( was featured. That's great! I got over 1,700 views!  Unfortunately, I hadn't been "approved" for the 3 contests that I entered it in, so of all those potential votes, I got none. Naturally, my 'ible is no longer on the home page. There has got to be a better way.  Perhaps allowing people to vote, but caching the votes until the Instructable is approved?  What are your thoughts?

Posted by MercuryCrest 4 years ago

Idea on how to sign up for knex contests...

Why don't we just screw the sign up sheet, we can just have the hosts post round 1, and everyone who wants to enter builds something and enters it in the round. Maybe we will have less comments whining about people missing the deadline and being unable to enter because of (insert family crisis here)

Posted by DJ Radio 8 years ago

Over Twenty Unpublished Instructables Because. . . .

I have some instructibles for tools, procedures and other things a significant portion of the readers would be interested in, but I'm not inclined to publish them because I cannot enter them in contests unless I published them after a given contest started. I live for my fifteen minutes of fame [ two minutes at a time].  Why should I publish them when I'm still fourteen minutes and fifty-nine seconds from that fame?

Posted by KellyCraig 8 months ago

Hack42 members, unite!

This is a list of projects, made by our members, that have been entered in contests. If you like them and think they should win, go and vote for them. The Bits Bug Grilled BBQ Courgette How to share and track your books, using BookCrossing WTFBBQ Falafel 'Hacker's Delight'

Posted by Hack42 6 years ago

I love Instructables, but the whining needs to stop!

I love Instructables, we all do! Since discovering this website, my weekends have become much more productive; I have learned so much through the few ibles I've written. Knowing that a stranger has used my directions to create something is AWESOME! The contests are an added bonus, why not enter if a recent project applies? Contests can nudge us to learn something new, something what we would not otherwise consider. Recently, an abundance of whining has surfaced regarding the contests. I understand that it hurts when you enter your project into a contest, and it does not win, but that's life! Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The majority of the whining I've seen has been done by adults, which is disturbing. Perhaps you didn't win, but wasn't the project still worth completing? Why do we love this website? Because it's a place full of ideas: we can see what others have created, and share what we have done. I doubt the majority of us were drawn here by a contest. What is your opinion? Why are you here?

Posted by wizgirl 7 years ago

Contests & Voting

I love the contests that you run on here, however the voting part does not seem to be fair to everyone who has submitted entries. When you have 500 entries to look through & only 15 on a page, some people may not bother or be able to get through all of them. They appear to always come up in the same order, my point being that the Instructables listed on the first pages are the ones that will most likely get the most votes, regardless if there is an incredible entry in the last pages. Everyone is seeing the same first 15 entries. My suggestion would be to randomize the entries so that not everyone sees the same ones on the first page, so that the voting would be spread out. At the very least fewer pages with more entries on them should be considered. Only reason I brought this up is that when you had the contest for the Instructables book, I never did get through all of the entries and feel bad that someone's entry that was further back didn't make it into the book because few people even saw it. Thanks!

Posted by PaHalloweenFreak 9 years ago

Gift Exchange Entri!

My skills include: Sewing, crafting and the likewise What I'd like to make for someone: A backpack sort of thing. Or art I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S,M,L) In between small and medium, smallish I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Yes! What I like: animals, drawing, creative things, things that look amazing, stuff that i can't make What I don't like: most jewelry, clothes, food, Lego or Knex I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc) nothing. Type of thing I'd love to receive: something you actually spent time on Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?  no (USA) Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I have permission

Posted by pie popper 8 years ago

Q & A (hopefully) on Instructables Contest Ideas

I have an idea for a contest but I don't know where to post it.  If anybody knows how please let me know or post it wherever themselves.  I would also appreciate it if all similar posts be connected.                                                                                                                                 The Idea is for a Shelving contest, due to the fact that people have lots of cool ideas that are spread all over and there is no way to be able to see them.

Posted by bosmaru 2 years ago

Quebec participants

Hello, I would like to know why people from the province of Quebec aren't allowed to participate in any contest?

Posted by John.Henry. 6 years ago

Minors entering contests

I'm just after a bit of clarification on the rule regarding minors entering contests. The rules state that minors must have the consent of a parent to enter and said parent must agree to the rule themselves. Is there a way (is it even necessary) for this to be done when they enter, ie. is there something to be filled out by the parent when they enter or is it just a case of  someone from instructables may question them and then I would have to answer that I did consent? One of the twinkids wants to enter a contest. I was going to just let her enter her instructable under my name, but figured why not let her get the credit by having her own account.

Posted by Twinmum 6 years ago

Why cant New Zealand be elligable for the contests as well?

Hi there, I was just going through the rules and was saddened to see that New Zealand was not part of the group of countries able to enter the comps - this really sux as nz has such a diy mentality about it and would be a really great contributor to the comps. So anyway why is it that the the brits and the aussies can participate but us kiwis cant??? thanks Dan

Posted by ChronicD 6 years ago