Get published in MAKE! Enter the Karts and Wheels contest.

Get published in MAKE! Enter the Karts and Wheels contest.

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

There’s still time to enter the MAKE Karts and Wheels contest for the chance to have your project polished and published in the pages of MAKE Volume 26, the “Karts and Wheels” issue. 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. Got your step-by-step up on your blog or elsewhere on the internet? Grab those pictures and text, and enter them in our DIY library, Make: Projects, to enter.

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 with a link to your Make: Projects entry when you’re done. Easy!

The editors of MAKE will then pick the best project 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 and mentioned in MAKE Volume 26.

For inspiration, we have Mister Jalopy’s bike-mounted Urban Guerrilla Movie House from MAKE Volume 11 pictured at top. Below, we have the Drill Rod cordless drill-powered mini bike from Volume 21, along with the Tandem Dog Kart from back in Volume 04, all of which would qualify.

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

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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