MAKE Karts and Wheels Contest: Get published!

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MAKE Karts and Wheels Contest: Get published!

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 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 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.

6 thoughts on “MAKE Karts and Wheels Contest: Get published!

  1. jerm1386 says:

    I have a couple questions:

    What level of detail should we go into (how long should we expect the article to be)? If I’m making something from scratch it will be prohibitively long to give member-by-member build instructions.

    can it be a project that has been started before now but is still actively in progress, or does it have to have been started specifically for this article?

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      Good questions! It should give enough detail so that someone else can build the project off of your instructions, like the DIYs we run in the magazine. And it doesn’t have to be started specifically for this article, but the steps do have to be documented. So, for example, if you’re already halfway through a build, but didn’t take pictures of the first half, you would have to somehow recreate those steps so that the project you enter in Make: Projects is complete, from start to finish. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  2. wheels says:

    thanks for it
    MAKE Karts and Wheels Contest: Get published!

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