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Contests. Competitions. Challenges.
Competitions of Skill, Sports, Inventions, Poetry, etc.

Where to Find News About Contest and Challenges Requiring Skill of Some Kind

Everyone loves winning! Whether it's a cash prize... or merchandise... or a trophy... knowing that you're one of the best in your field spurs millions of people to enter contests of skill every year.

Educational Contests

Google's Science Fair "... Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today...."

ThinkQuest Internet Challenge ".. Challenging Students Globally to Think, Create, and Innovate ... This exciting competition challenges students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to a real-world problem. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience...."


Food and Cooking Contests

Bays English Muffin Recipe Contest

Outdoor Cooking Annual Recipe contest

Pam Tips Contest


Invention Contests

"Man will always find a complicated means to perform a simple task" -- Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest "... brings the ideas of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg's "invention" cartoons to life. This Olympics of Complexity is designed to pull students away from conventional problem-solving and push them into the endless chaos of imagination and intuitive thought. To be specific, groups are given an elementary challenge: something as simple as peeling an apple, sharpening a pencil, or putting toothpaste on a toothbrush. But instead of just "solving" the problem, students have to make the solution as complicated and as convoluted as possible. In fact, the more steps - there's a minimum of twenty - the better the Rube Goldberg Machine. And what a machine! An assemblage of ordinary objects, mechanical gadgets, and the oddest odds and ends are linked together and somehow get to the desired goal...."

The Lemelson-MIT Awards for Invention and Innovation "... honor both established and rising inventors for their ingenuity, creativity and contribution to invention and innovation. The awards recognize the profound impact that inventors can have on economic and social well-being..."


Intel Talent Search "... The country's premiere pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, brings together the 40 best and brightest young scientific minds in America to compete for $1.25 million in awards and scholarships..."

National Museum of Education Young Inventors Competitions

First Robotics Competitions "... 'The varsity sport for the mind,' FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team...."

Toshiba ExploraVision Awards Program

The X PRIZE Foundation "... is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity thereby inspiring the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck. Today, it is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition...."

X Prize includes the following competitions:

The Google Lunar X PRIZE ".... is a $30 million competition for the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit video, images and data back to the Earth...."

Progressive Insurance 100 mpg Production-Capable Car

$10M Archon Genomics X PRIZE "... to drive rapid human genome sequencing. This prize and the resulting technology can help bring about an era of personalized medicine...."

Art Contests

The World of M. C. Escher Tessellation Contest  You can also register to win a free Escher poster, drawn monthly.

Space Contests

Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition This event is an industry simulation set in the future. Teams of High School students prepare designs for cities in space where over 10,000 people will live.

Space Settlement Design Competition  Another one!

NASA Ames Annual Space Settlement Contest Here are some highlights from previous competitions.

Avatar's Time Travel Triva Sweepstakes  enter to win one of 750 Avatar Watches

Golf Contests

Golf Channel Contests and Sweepstakes

Golf Tips Magazine Contests

Literary and Poetry Contests  Which May be Scams

Literary and Poetry Contest Scams  This is a large links list full of contests to avoid ... and even how to get your money back if you've been scammed. "Hidden among the many sponsors of legitimate literary contests advertised on the internet lurk those who care nothing about literature, its audience, or authors. These unscrupulous organizations and individuals exist solely to get into your wallet through their so-called writing or poetry contests. Often you'll find these free poetry contests lavishly advertised in your local newspaper."

Warning About

Here are some of the contest being warned about:

Iliad Press and National Authors Registry

Poetry Contests at

Poetry Contest  Monthly. Online Submission.

Haiku Contest  Win a mug and a mousepad with your haiku on it.

Poetry in Motion Contest  "Create your poem from the selection of words presented. When finished with your composition, click "submit." Your entry will be time stamped at the exact second that it is received by us." Play for $100 daily.

Poetry Contests sponsors an annual War Poetry Contest

LoadTV "Watch and Win" Contests  LoadTV says they are "the internet's largest provider of TV quality video" Subscribe for Free. Watch 2-4 minute clips to enter contest.

Writers and Screenplay Writers Contests

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest  "Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the “Writers’ Award Contest” was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction, an embracing term for science fiction and fantasy, was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre—but for the freedom of imagination and expression which it allowed as “a herald of possibility.”

At the time of its inception, the very idea of a contest of this scope and of a book filled with first-time fiction by amateur writers was seen in many literary venues as “untried” and “challenging,” but at the same time as something both “desirable” and “long-needed.” Expert opinions said it couldn’t be done.

Screenplay and TV writing contests  Frequently updated and comprehensive listing of contests.

Web Design

The Inc. Web Awards competition... honors small companies and individual entrepreneurs who use their Web sites to achieve business goals.

The 2001 application deadline has passed. Want a reminder to enter next year's event? Watch this space. We'll post the application opening and closing dates here after Jan. 1, 2002. Or send an e-mail message to Important: Please put "Notify Me About 2002" in your message's subject line.

Meanwhile, if you'd like more general information about the Web Awards, please see our Frequently Asked Questions and coverage of past winners.


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