30th Annual Creatin' Contest

Martin's Market Stall Kit The Martin's Market Stall Kit (#42023) offers a window into your creative world—inside and out. Will you make it an old-world market, puppet theater, booster concession, carnival game or other setting of your imagination?

The kit’s simple assembly make it versatile. The door is shown on the back of the right wall. Perhaps you prefer it to be on the front of the left wall. The roof is removable. Perhaps you prefer for the back wall to be removable. The kit’s accessible price point makes the kit scalable. Perhaps add several units together to make an extended scene. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Your imagination, skills and dedication are bound to entertain and impress both yourself and the miniature community! Enjoy the journey.

As always, our contest kits are limited editions. When stock runs low our supplier can’t always deliver more on short notice, so please make sure to order yours right away—even if you’re not sure what it will be. Inspiration can strike when you least expect it and we don’t want you to miss out!

Grand prize is a $1,000 HBS/miniatures.com gift certificate. Three runner-up gift certificates are awarded ($500, $350, $250) plus up to $1,000 in gift certificates divided among the top first-time entrants. All entrants receive a “thank you” prize. An entry form is included with each kit.

Deadline for entry is Friday, December 8, 2023. Winners will be announced in mid-February 2024.

Don't wait to get started.
When you order #42023, your Creatin' Contest entry form can be found in the order. For another form call customer service at 1.800.926.6464 or you may click here to print one out. We also accept online submissions through our online form.

Contest Rules:

  1.  Start with #42023 Martin's Market Stall Kit and let your imagination do the rest.

  2.  Use this kit and products found in our catalog or on this web site (or other resources when needed).

  3.  You may add to, modify, landscape or use any method you choose to create your finished project.

  4.  Photograph your entry (see tips below) and submit no more than 4 high-quality, 4" x 6" photos that give an overall view of your project. No multiple-view photos, please. They will be excluded. Photos will not be returned. Do not use Polaroids or low-res digital printouts as they do not reproduce well. Be sure your photos are in focus! Entries will not be accepted unless accompanied by photos.

  5.  Enter online here or mail your photos and the completed entry form. Deadline is Friday, December 8, 2023 for online receipt or postmark. Entries not submitted through miniatures.com should be sent to:

    Attn: Creatin' Contest Entries
    2388 Pleasantdale Rd.
    Atlanta, GA 30340-3152

  6.  Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and quality of workmanship.

  7.  All entries become property of the contest sponsor.

  8.  Prizes:
    $1,000.00 miniatures.com GIFT CERTIFICATE

    $500.00 miniatures.com GIFT CERTIFICATE

    $350.00 miniatures.com GIFT CERTIFICATE

    $250.00 miniatures.com GIFT CERTIFICATE

  9. plus up to $1,000 in gift certificates divided among the top

    "Thank you" prizes will be awarded to all entrants!

Photography Tips:

  1.   Do not use the flash on your camera. Instead, use full daylight or electric light sources aimed at your project from two directions to eliminate most hard shadows. If the hard light is still causing shadows, aim the lights away from the project onto white sheets of foam core or mat board; the reflected light will be much softer and more diffused. Outdoors, whiteboards can be used to reflect the sunlight up and onto your project in the same way.

  2.  Clamp-on utility lights with aluminum shades are inexpensive, good light sources, and are readily available at hardware/home improvement stores. Use at least 100-watt bulbs (or about 1600 lumens in LEDs, for less heat). These portable lights can be clamped and positioned to provide good light for photos but be careful—they can get very hot!

  3.   Remember, your photos are the only way we have to judge your project. All the time, effort, and talent you put into your project will be wasted—in the eyes of the judges—by blurry, out-of-focus photos. Also, take care to frame your whole project in the viewfinder without cropping off a corner or the top, and try to avoid having distracting items in the background.

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