One Day Left to Enter Two Contests!

Hi, everyone! This is just a friendly reminder that you only have one day left to enter the screencast and “New Year” competitions. So hurry up; you’re running out of time!

Starting with the former; the top five screencasts submitted by January 31, 11:59 pm (Central Time) will receive a minimum of $150. The latter is offering $300 cash to the authors of the best ten templates that are submitted in January.


New Shopify Category and a $1000 Giveaway

I’m happy to announce that ThemeForest has come to an agreement with to distribute e-commerce templates. Beginning today, we’re offering a $100 bonus, as an incentive, to the authors of the first ten accepted Shopify themes.


Joomla Changes, and First 5 Accepted Templates Win!

Hi everyone. In an effort to improve the quality of our Joomla category, we’ll be making a few changes. First, we’re offering $60 cash to the first five accepted Joomla templates, beginning February 1! Second, we’ll be making some slight price changes.


The $3000 “New Year” Competition!

It’s contest time! We’re starting 2009 with a bang! We have $3,000 cash to give away to ten brilliant designers. The authors of the top ten site template submissions in January will each receive a $300 bonus!

How Exactly Does it Work?

Between January 1 and January 31, you may submit your best theme for the “Site Template” category. During the first week of February, our staff will choose the top ten templates that were submitted during this time span. We will consider aesthetics, coding practices, and practicality – when choosing the winners.

How Do I Enter?

All approved site templates that are submitted in January will be automatically entered!

What Prizes Will Be Awarded?

  • The authors of the ten best templates will each receive a $300 bonus – in cash! Payments will be sent via Paypal.
  • The winners will be featured on the ThemeForest blog, via a “Featured Collection” link for a minimum of 60 days.
  • You’ll receive an extra sales boost as we milk your template for all it’s worth!
  • A roundup of the winners will be announced on – along with links to each template.

Who is Eligible?

Unless you’re an Envato staff member, you are more than welcome to enter. In fact, please do! Only submissions made to the “Site Template” category will be considered. Wordpress, Miscellaneous, Joomla, and PSD themes will not qualify.

When is the Deadline to Enter?

You have until 11:59 P.M (Central Standard Time) on January 31 to enter. Any submissions received after this date and time will not be considered.

Will the Reviewing Guidelines Remain the Same?

Absolutely. In fact, the only thing that will change is the bonus! Templates will still be rejected if deemed necessary. Only approved files will be considered for the bonus.

May I Enter More Than Once?

You’re welcome to submit as many templates as you like; however, only one of your submissions will be selected. The maximum earnings for each author is $300.

When Will the Winners Be Announced?

Sometime within the first week of February, our staff will notify the winners via email. A congratulatory posting will also be made on the blog at that time.

Some Advice From Your Site Manager

We’re looking for beautiful, but practical templates. Remember, you may have the most spectacularly designed theme. But, if it doesn’t have an audience, it won’t sell. Repeatedly ask yourself as you ready your submission, “Is this usable? Does it have an audience?”. We will be asking ourselves the same questions when deciding upon the winners!

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry is open to any Envato marketplace author who is NOT a paid staff member.
  • Any approved file uploaded between 12:01AM January 1, 2009 and 11:59PM January 31, 2009 (Central Standard Time) is eligible.
  • Payment to the ten winners will be made via Paypal and will be in US dollars.
  • The 10 winners will be selected solely at the discretion of ThemeForest and its staff.
  • All decisions are final.
  • For questions and/or concerns, contact the site manager at

The Competition is Over! Winners Announced!

Our Theme Forest launch competition ended this morning! For those of you who tracked the contest over the course of the month, you’re well aware that it came down to the wire; So much to the point that we had a tie for first place in the site template category. That means that four hard working authors have won $600! Congratulations to the following people.


Make the Most Templates in September and Win 1 of 3 prizes of $600 Cash Each!

What better way to kick off a new site than with a Launch Competition? So we’ve got one heck of a competition for all you theme and template authors out there. It’s pretty straightforward. During September we’ll keep track of how many approved files authors have on ThemeForest, whoever has the most in each of the three categories shown below, will win $600 to spend on an Apple Cinema HD Display (or whatever else you might want to spend $600 on)!

The Details

Authors will be competing in three divisions:

  1. Most Approved Items in Site Templates
  2. Most Approved Items in WordPress Themes
  3. Most Approved Items in Joomla & Misc Themes

We’ll have a leaderboard up in a few days so you can keep track of who’s ahead of who. Only items uploaded between 12:01AM 01/09/2008 and 11:59PM 30/09/2008 AEST (Sydney Time) count. Note that the items don’t need to be approved in that timeframe, just uploaded – but only approved items count towards the final total.

The Prizes

Up for grabs are 3 x $600 in cash … which would be well spent on an Apple Cinema HD Display.

Announcement of Winners

Because we need to approve the items, the winners won’t be announced until the last item uploaded before the deadline has been approved or rejected. Additionally prizes will only be awarded after a full month has elapsed to ensure no copyright fraud has happened.


The rules are as follows:

  • Envato staff and reviewers are not eligible to compete
  • Only items uploaded between 12:01 AM 01/09/2008 and 11:59PM 30/09/2008 AEST and subsequently approved for sale on ThemeForest are eligible to count.
  • The three authors with the highest count each will win 1 prize each
  • The same author cannot win more than one category. If an author comes first in more than one category, they win only the one where they have more uploads. In the other category the prize goes to the next highest author. In other words there will be three winners, no less.
  • Our decision is final.
  • Files that are taken down for any reason are not eligible to be counted.
  • Files must stay up on ThemeForest for at least 6 months.
  • Prizes will be awarded on the 1st of November, to give time to ensure no copyright fraud has occurred.
  • Winner will be paid in cash via PayPal, Moneybookers, or Wire Transfer. Any bank or transfer fees will come out of the prize money.


If you have any questions, just add a comment and I’ll make any clarifications!