UPDATE: Deadline extended to 11:59 PDT on January 24, 2011.

Wanna get published in MAKE magazine? Here’s your chance! We’ve been having a lot of fun over on our DIY library, Make: Projects, seeing the clever projects shared by our community. So we came up with a simple little contest to showcase your skills (and give you an excuse to get your build on over the holidays).

The theme for the upcoming MAKE Volume 26 is “Karts and Wheels,” and we know you’ve got some great builds that fit the bill. Go-karts, electric bikes and scooters, biodiesel buggies, powered skateboards, self-balancing whatsits, illegal soapbox derby cars, taco trikes, high-tech chariots — if it’s got wheels and carries a person, we want to see it.

The rules are simple:

1. Come up with a cool, original go-kart or alt wheels project fitting the Volume 26 theme.
2. Document your build step-by-step with clear instructions and photos, then share it on Make: Projects.
3. Send an email to [email protected] with a link to your Make: Projects entry when you’re done. Easy!

The editors of MAKE will then pick the best project, polish it up, and publish it in MAKE Volume 26. Entries will be judged on the quality of the documentation as well as the originality/coolness of the project. The deadline for entries is 11:59 PDT on January 17, 2011.

All entries will be judged by the editorial staff of MAKE based on the following judging criteria: (a) Creativity of Idea: 25%; (b) Project Execution: 25%; (c) Quality of Written Documentation: 25%; and (d) Quality of Documentation Photography: 25%. The entry with the highest total score among all judging criteria will be the chosen as the Grand Prize Winner.

The winning entry will be published in MAKE Volume 26, and will be a Featured Project on Make: Projects. The 3 runners-up will be featured on Makezine.com and mentioned in MAKE Volume 26.

Questions? Post them in the comments below. Good luck, and most importantly, have fun!

Wondering what the crazy contraption pictured at top is? The Drill Rod cordless drill-powered mini bike from MAKE Volume 21, of course.