List of Upcoming Contests (updated 9/12/18) Answered

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Hello everyone!

Below is a partial list of the 2018 contest calendar. Keep in mind that this list is subject to change and contests will continue to be added throughout the year.

The contests below are already in planning, and I've left off ones that we're still trying to decide on. The months indicate when the contests will be launching. All contests will launch near the beginning of each month.

Keep in mind that the list below is not set in stone. We always find fancy new companies to supply prizes so dates are subject to change!


October

Optics Contest
This includes any project using lenses, prisms, filters or other tools for shaping light.

Plastics Contest
All plastic, all the time.

Side Dishes Challenge
Wow us with your best side dish recipes!

Electronics Tips and Tricks Challenge
Show us your best electronics tips and skills for your chance to win an oscilloscope!


November

Math Challenge
Build or design something that clearly demonstrates a mathematical principle.

First Time Author Contest
A contest specifically for all of the first time authors!

Big and Small Contest
Build scale models that are either bigger or smaller than the original item.

Make it Glow! Contest
Back by popular demand, a contest dedicated to all things that illuminate and glow.


December

Baking Challenge
Prepare yourself for the great Instructables bake off!

Holiday Decor Challenge
Wow us with your best and most exciting holiday decor ideas.

Toys Challenge
This quick challenge is open to all homemade toys and toy mods.

PCB Contest
Any project that incorporates a custom designed PCB is eligible to win.


January

Warm and Fuzzy Contest
The warm and fuzzy contest is open to all cold weather sewing and knitting projects.



*All contests subject to change.


Please leave suggestions for prizes here.
You can also leave suggestions about contests here.
Have a contest question? Check the Contest FAQ!


Discussions

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Vulcaman

4 days ago

Will there be an epilog contest no. ten in the next time?

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randofoVulcaman

Reply 4 days ago

Please continue to stay tuned on this one... We are figuring out the details.

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WhyDontWe26

16 days ago

can you do a contest about dessert?

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ProfessorPi

5 weeks ago

Any updates coming soon? It’s beem a while.

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randofoProfessorPi

Reply 5 weeks ago

I'll post an update soon for the next few months. We are currently reworking the contest calendar a little bit.

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ossumrandofo

Reply 5 weeks ago

I'm keeping my beady eye open for your update. The one issue with the new single entry rule is that it'll be a real bummer if a more applicable contest comes out after entering another one, meaning I am going to be sitting on projects waiting for the perfect contest. My projects take far longer than a month to do usually, so having a list that lets us plan ahead will promote high quality entries.

I still think it's a fair move though, it will be nice to see variety in the winners.

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nqtronixossum

Reply 17 days ago

Indeed. This is especially true if you require parts from overseas and/or custom made parts such as PCBs. It's not uncommon that a single project takes several months from the first idea to the final result.

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randofo

5 weeks ago

I've made a partial update to the list of upcoming contest. We are still shuffling the calendar around a little bit. Stay tuned for more shortly!

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Yonatan24

5 weeks ago

...Also why did you stop linking to the amazon page of the prizes in the contest page?

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sun.

2 months ago

I have a question about the contest entries; is it possible to enter the same instructable into 2 contests if the first contests ends while the second contest is still open for entering? I can't find any information in the contest rules or the forum about this. Thank you

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randofosun.

Reply 8 weeks ago

Nope. 1 project to 1 contest. It does not matter if the contest it is in closes.

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wannabemadscirandofo

Reply 6 weeks ago

It would be nice to have the contests that have eligibility dates that are a year wide (such as the Halloween, Full Spectrum Laser and Epilog Laser contests) allow instructables to enter 2 contests - the above mentioned contests and 1 other contest.

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sun.randofo

Reply 8 weeks ago

Thank you for your answer.

Is there a page where all the changes Instructables went through during the last 7 month are listed? I tried to find something, but the forum search and myself seem to be not the best friends and to all my search requests I got only very old (4-8 years old) answers.

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randofosun.

Reply 8 weeks ago

No. Unfortunately not.

There is this forum topic about the contest changes though:
https://www.instructables.com/topics/Important-Cha...

We've been doing better about announcing important site changes over the last few months. Unfortunately, as you have discovered, there is currently no place they are indexed, and the forum search is admittedly not the best (as it currently stands). I have put in requests to improve both of these, but there unfortunately currently is no timeline that I can offer.

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DIYJRAY

7 weeks ago

What are the differences between a "contest" and a "challenge"? It looks like challenges have a shorter entry time and contests seem to have bigger prizes. Anything else?

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randofoDIYJRAY

Reply 7 weeks ago

Those are basically the difference. The size of the prize and length of the contest.

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JoshuaGuess

2 months ago

Quick question: Since the change of contest entries and its reduction from 3 to 1, will the Halloween Contest still allow Instructable entries published prior to its launch date like in previous years?

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stevemoseley

3 months ago

It's been over 3 weeks since the last update. Any updates coming soon?

Thanks in advance.

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randofostevemoseley

Reply 3 months ago

We have added a "Game Life Contest" to launch in July. I think at this point the summer contests are pretty locked down. We are still finalizing the lineup for the fall, so it is a little bit premature for me to post those. Expect an update about that around the beginning of August.

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SimonRob

4 months ago

hello, contests are open 2 months and challenges only 1 is it right ?

why there are only challenges in june ?

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randofoSimonRob

Reply 4 months ago

As it currently stands, yes. We may be extending the length of the Oil Challenge to be a contest. I'm going to be updating this page in the next few days.

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SimonRobrandofo

Reply 4 months ago

Thank you !

is it possible for you to extend the clock challege too ? my probleme is that I wanted to participate but I bought online some components and it will be delivered for the end of june, plus I have some exams :/ so that's why I asked but if it isn't possible for you, I can understand :)

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randofoSimonRob

Reply 4 months ago

It is unlikely we will be extending that one, but I will let you know if we decide to.

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SimonRobrandofo

Reply 3 months ago

thank you very much I saw it's a contest now :D

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ruudcreatesrandofo

Reply 4 months ago

Never looked at it that way, but good to know. Only one question remains, what about a (BBQ) showdown?

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randoforuudcreates

Reply 4 months ago

That will likely run 1-month as a challenge. :)

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SimonRobSimonRob

Reply 4 months ago

oh I didn't see the "stick it" contest sorry :)

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stevemoseley

3 months ago

Any chance of an update soon???

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vspencer

4 months ago

Will Instructables be doing the Makerspace contest again this year?

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randofovspencer

Reply 4 months ago

It does not seem likely. The contest is a massive undertaking on our part, and we don't currently have the capacity to make it go at the scale we have been donig it.

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taifur

4 months ago

Have you any plan to change the Instructable prize pack? Instead of T-Shirt, you can offer Mug or umbrella or other thing.

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38ren

4 months ago

I just want to say, great job on the designing of the cover banners for the contests! They really catch my eye and get me excited about the contests, they're so colorful and clean :)

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Not_Tasha

4 months ago

Will the May contests be released on 4/30 or 5/7?

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GFire

5 months ago

I'd like to see a contest about games.... of any kind, Yard, Board, Game pieces, etc.

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Birdz of a Feather

6 months ago

I had the same question about the space challenge as SimonRob. When you are updating the list of upcoming contests, is it possible to include a brief description of what the challenge is about? It would help us plan ahead to know a little more about each contest - not just the name.

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M.C. Langerrandofo

Reply 5 months ago

Hi Randy, how are you? Please clarify the Runner-up prize in the Space Contest, because it says winners will receive a $100 Amazon card, but the photo shows a $50 Amazon card.

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Matlekrandofo

Reply 5 months ago

There is a similar problem in the microcontroller contest, for the first prizes. Is it $250 or $500?

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randofoMatlek

Reply 5 months ago

$250. It has been updated.