Holding various contests is an important tradition in the Hive Workshop community, and have been since it's beginning. Members compete in things like modelling contests, skinning contests, icon contests, map-making contests, terraining contests, concept art contests, writing contests among others, and often include awards consisting of reputation points or batches for the top-three contestants. 

Most contests are held in the Arena forum, managed by administrators of the site, but smaller contests also appear throughout the Hive, like those of the Kaelicious social group.