Silly Site Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Do you hate fun? No? Then you can participate! No purchase necessary. The challenge is global, so submissions will be accepted from all regions.

What’s in it for me?

Learn something new, connect with the community, and have fun doing it! Get some swag in the process and for the top 20 sites, get highlighted on the Gatsby blog. We’ll also promote your work on Twitter.

When is the deadline to submit a site?

The deadline to submit a site to Gatsby’s Silly Site Challenge is December 31, 2020 at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time / January 1st, 07:59am UTC. We’ll announce the top 20 sites by January 15th, and winners will be featured on the Gatsby blog in the following 2 months. All submissions may be referenced publicly.

How are submissions judged?

The Gatsby team will judge sites based on creativity, accessibility, performance (as measured by Lighthouse scores) and overall fun-ness. Sites must be built with Gatsby. Any submissions that violate the Code of Conduct will be disqualified.

Judging Criteria


We’re consistently blown away by your ingenuity and creativity. We want to see that shine through in your sites. This could be visual aspects, code, or something else entirely. Show us what you can do!


Gatsby is fully committed to making the web a welcoming place for everyone, so ensuring that websites are accessible is a high priority. Make sure to run your site through an accessibility audit before submitting to ensure everyone will be able to enjoy your creativity.


Built-in performance is Gatsby’s superpower. Make sure your site is as blazing fast as can possibly be (read this blog post for optimization tips). Check your site’s Lighthouse score before submitting!

And of course…


Giddy, Goofy, Loony, Nutty, Wacky, Absurd and Loopy — These are either the seven dwarves that Snow White wishes had found her in the Dark Forest, or all the words we will use to describe the ways your Silly Site made us LOL.

Pre-submission checklist

Use this checklist to make sure your site is as good and silly as it can be:

  1. Perform an accessibility audit. Reference the accessibility guide for help.
  2. Run a performance audit using Lighthouse and/or WebPageTest
  3. Tweet your progress using #SillySiteChallenge
  4. Submit your site here and get that free swag! Submissions are due December 31st, 11:59pm PST / January 1st, 07:59am UTC
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