Make:'s job is to help amazing makers tell their stories and share their projects. We're always on the lookout for things we haven't seen. Do you want your project in Make: vol. 65? There are no criteria requirements: just make something unique, beautiful, or both, and tell us the story of why and how you made it.
Project write-up in Make: magazine.
Winner must to be able to submit original photos, and additonal content as requried by Make: editorial staff.
Projects may be considered for profiles, round-up's, overviews, or in-depth how-to's.
Project profile in Make: magazine.
Number of runners up may be increased at our discretion.
Make: is written by makers like you. These guidelines are designed to help you submit your best work to Make: online. “What about the magazine?” you ask. We’re glad to consider your work for print, too. Showcase your very best work here to be considered for both our website and print publication. Read these guidelines, clear off your workbench, then show us what you’ve got!
Dos and Don’ts for Submissions
- DO put your best effort into your submission.
- DO aim for at least 200 words. This ensures that you have provided enough discussion so that it is helpful and informative to the community. The more context, details, and information you can provide, the better.
- DO shoot landscape-oriented photos that are at least 1200px wide. The higher quality the better. If your project is selected for publication, we will be emailing you for high resolution originals.
- DO use clear and consistent language. Write with precision. Use correct terms for materials, components, and processes. What’s the pointy part of that one thingy? Please look it up. Carefully define directions and areas (top, bottom, right end, left edge, etc.), and use these terms consistently.
- DO include a link if your work has been published elsewhere.
- DO include a link or credit to your inspiration.
- DON’T plagiarize or submit work that belongs to someone else. This absolutely includes all visual assets. Don’t upload assets to which you don’t have the rights (public domain, open source, and your personal IP are all allowed).
- DON’T submit inappropriate content that is violent, pornographic, or hateful.
- DON’T use this as a platform for advertisements. Projects that show a use/application for a commercial product are fine.
- DON’T include affiliate or referral links.
What Counts as a Project?
- A project is a step-by-step set of instructions and photographs of a specific build that others can reproduce and iterate upon, based on your documentation. The more you can document your project, the better.
- If you’ve made something cool (or have come up with a cool hack or tweak for something) and want to show other people how to make one, we’d like to publish it. Note: We’re interested in hearing about things you’ve already made, not things you are just thinking about making.
- Remember: you’re the readers’ coach. Think of your reader as a smart person who doesn’t necessarily know what you know. Imagine the questions he or she might have about your project. Explain everything they need to know to recreate the thing you’re writing about, just like you would explain it to a friend in a conversation. Describe difficulties you encountered, and suggest workarounds.
- If your project has parts that are better explained or delivered via media other than standard text and photos, that’s no problem. We can point to PDFs, code, software, audio, video, photos, etc.
Can I Submit Something Besides a Project?
Please do submit other things right here! We have a few other types of content besides Projects — namely Stories and Skill Builders.
- Stories are intentionally broad. Anything that falls under Show & Tell is acceptable (unless it’s a step-by-step of a specific build, then it should be a Project). If you’ve built a project that you want to share, but you don’t have sufficient documentation of step shots or materials lists, etc., you can showcase it as a story instead of a step-by-step project. Additionally, we want to see your stories. Your journeys. Your trials and tribulations and failures and hilarities. Show us your series of ceramic animals. Tell us what you’ve learned from dismantling your drone. Tell us about the time your dad made a homebrew computer based on the Apple II schematic. Tell us the funny story about the motorized surfboard you made. What’s the strangest experience you’ve had making something? If it’s surprising or funny, we’ll run it.
- Skill Builders are crash course introductions written by experienced makers for aspiring DIYers who have little to no experience with a given skill. You can browse Skill Builders on the site to get a better feel for what they are. If you’re an expert on something and feel we haven’t properly addressed all the intricacies and pro tips, consider sharing your knowledge in the form of a Skill Builder.
Make:'s role in the maker community is to curate and showcase talented makers and unique and creative projects. We facilitate the sharing of ideas in the broader community by accepting exhibits to Maker Faire and by publishing projects from makers of all stripes in the pages of Make: magazine and online.
Are you on a mission to see your project featured in Make:? Submit it here and our editorial team will select the most innovative, creative, and interesting projects to be included in the next issue.
Any kind of project at any difficulty level is good — just make our editors say, "Wow, that’s really cool."
Projects that have been previously published on Make: or break our Terms of Service will be excluded. Just remember that we’re family-friendly, we don’t want anyone to get hurt, and we respect the copyright.
Projects may be considered for profiles, round-up's, overviews, or in-depth how-to's. We will also highlight your selection as a "Mission to Make:" winner in your Maker Share profile.
Some questions to consider as you write up your project:
- What was your inspiration?
- What did you learn from making this project?
- What challenges did you come across when building it, and how did you fix them?
- How long did it take?
- Is this an iteration or improvement of someone else's project?
- Would you change anything if you were to make it again?
- What advice would you give to someone wanting to replicate it?
There are no project requirements per se but our editors have to consider myriad factors when evaluating for publication so focus on:
- Originality of design
- Design aesthetics
- Interesting story about the origin, process or takeaway of the project (see above)
- A wealth of high-quality photos
- A Show & Tell video
- Clarity and detail of the how-to
- Clear and powerful story-telling; yes, good writing gets bonus points (see Rules for Make:’s Submission Guidelines)
We want you to make what you love and share what you make; let us help by showing off your project. Make on!