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.

Only   left to enter the First Time Author!

Grand Prize

21 Prizes


One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $500 Gift Card

Judges Prize - Tinkercad & Fusion

One Judges Prize winner for Best use of Tinkercad and One Judges Prize winner for Best use of Fusion will each receive:

  • $300 Gift Card


Three First Prize winners will receive:

  • $300 Gift Card


Five Second Prize winners will receive:

  • $100 Gift Card

Runner Up

Ten Runner Up winners will receive:

  • $50 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 Sep 18, 2023 and Nov 13, 2023 (11:59pm PT).


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