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2016 XYZZY Awards
22 games in 12 divisions; award date July 23, 2017

Spring Thing 2017
22 games in 2 divisions; award date May 8, 2017

Spring Thing is an annual festival celebrating new text-based computer games of all kinds, by all kinds of people. Everyone is welcome! This year, there were twenty-two games, spread across two categories. Authors chose whether to submit...

EctoComp 2016
21 games in 2 divisions; award date December 1, 2016

This year the competition is divided into two parts. La Petite Mort is for games written in three hours or under. Le Grand Guignol is for those who prefer to linger over their masterpieces, or just didn't manage to finish in under three...

22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2016)
58 games in 2 divisions; award date November 17, 2016

The annual competition for original IF with a maximum playing time of 2 hours.

IntroComp 2016
7 games; award date September 11, 2016

All IntroComp entrants must submit the beginning of a new, never before seen work of interactive fiction that is not yet complete and for which the ending is somewhat uncertain.

2015 XYZZY Awards
27 games in 12 divisions; award date May 28, 2016

Spring Thing 2016
17 games in 2 divisions; award date May 8, 2016

Spring Thing is an annual festival celebrating new text-based computer games of all kinds, by all kinds of people. Everyone is welcome! This year, there are seventeen games, spread across two categories. Authors chose whether to submit...

10th IF Grand Prix 2016
4 games; award date May 2, 2016

German language IF competition as announced on Nov 21, 2015 on if-de forum http://forum.ifzentrale.de/viewtopic.php?t=1375

First Quadrennial Ryan Veeder Exposition for Good Interactive Fiction
9 games; award date March 14, 2016

The Ryan Veeder Exposition for Good Interactive Fiction is a quadrennial event showcasing interactive fiction written for the specific purpose of pleasing Ryan Veeder.

French Comp 2016
4 games; award date February 16, 2016

10th edition of the French Comp ! Send your votes before February 15th; you'll be asked to rate each game in 3 categories : Overall Enjoyment, Writing, and Technical Quality. Use our Google Form to vote, which you can find on our website...

The Neinth annual New Year's Minicomp
7 games; award date January 21, 2016

The annual New Year's Minicomp for 2015.

Tent Annual New Year's Minicomp
4 games; award date January 15, 2016

The annual New Year's Minicomp for 2017.

EctoComp 2015
13 games in 2 divisions; award date December 1, 2015

Annual Halloween-themed SpeedIF. This year the competition is divided into two parts. La Petite Mort is for games written in three hours or under. Le Grand Guignol is for those who prefer to linger over their masterpieces, or just didn't...

Windhammer Prize 2015
1 game; award date November 21, 2015

"It is the intention of the Windhammer Prize to promote the gamebook genre, and in doing so deliver to readers new and original adventures that express the innovation and creativity that can be found in authors of interactive gamebook...

21st Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2015)
53 games in 2 divisions; award date November 16, 2015

The annual competition for original IF with a maximum playing time of 2 hours.

Saugus.net Halloween Ghost Story Contest -- 2015
1 game; award date October 31, 2015

Since 1998 Saugus.net has been offering this popular free contest. While it started off fairly local in scope, today we get entries from all over the world, and winners can expect to have their stories read by hundreds of thousands.

WAG Challenge
3 games; award date September 8, 2015

The Write A Game Challenge! A game jam about game writing! The « WAG challenge » is a friendly contest officially supported by the IGDA Game Writing SIG. Entries will be judged on their writing by a jury of pro writers in the video game...

Bafta Young Game Designer Award 2015
1 game; award date July 27, 2015

http://ygd.bafta.org/ An award for upcoming young game developers

ShuffleComp: Disc 2
17 games; award date May 27, 2015

ShuffleComp is an event for interactive fiction, both parser and hypertext, in which entrants write games based on music tracks. Entrants and other participants submit a list of songs and pseudonyms, and the organizer shuffles up all the...

Ludum Dare 32
1 game in 2 divisions; award date May 12, 2015

Probably the biggest Game Jam available...

Spring Thing 2015
9 games in 2 divisions; award date May 6, 2015

Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, was redesigned this year to make it a space where people working on all kinds of text games can come together to celebrate making, releasing, and playing new stuff. Formerly a "competition"...

9th IF Grand Prix 2015
4 games; award date May 2, 2015

German language IF competition announced on Dec 1, 2014 on if-de forum http://forum.ifzentrale.de/viewtopic.php?t=1338.

2014 XYZZY Awards
20 games in 12 divisions; award date April 26, 2015

Twiny Jam
34 games; award date April 9, 2015

"Make a tiny Twine (300 words or less)!" There were 239 entrants total. Please feel free to add a few if you have the time...

Interactive Fiction Top 50 of all time (2015 edition)
50 games; award date March 18, 2015

People were asked to send in a list of between 1 and 20 of their favourite IF games of all time (in no particular order). The number of points a game got was the number of lists on which it appeared. 38 participants cast a total of 593...

French Comp 2015
3 games; award date March 16, 2015

8th edition of the semi-regular French Comp. Send your votes before March 15th; you'll be ask to rate each game in 3 categories : Overall Enjoyment, Writing, and Technical Quality.

Ludum Dare 31
1 game in 6 divisions; award date December 29, 2014

Global game design competition with the stipulation that games must be created from scratch in 48 hours. An extra day is allowed for a second category, "Jam" games which have relaxed rules.

EctoComp 2014
19 games; award date November 24, 2014

Annual Halloween-themed SpeedIF

20th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2014)
42 games in 2 divisions; award date November 16, 2014

The annual competition for original IF with a maximum playing time of 2 hours.

IntroComp 2014
1 game; award date September 7, 2014

ShuffleComp 2014
33 games; award date June 1, 2014

A minicomp in which participants submit songs, have them shuffled up, receive a list in return, and write games inspired by one or more of the songs they receive. Planning thread 2014 signup thread

Ludum Dare 29
6 games in 8 divisions; award date May 19, 2014

Ludum Dare is an Online Game Jam event where people from around the world create a game in a weekend. It is divided into two parts: The Competition: the familiar “make a game in 48 hours solo competition” that Ludum Dare is known for....

Spring Thing 2014
10 games; award date May 12, 2014

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

8th IF Grand Prix 2014
4 games; award date May 2, 2014

German language IF competition announced on Dec 10, 2013 on if-de forum http://forum.ifzentrale.de/viewtopic.php?t=1267. Voting results from May 1, 2014: http://ifwizz.de/grand-prix-2014-ergebnisse.html

2013 XYZZY Awards
25 games in 12 divisions; award date April 6, 2014

French Comp 2013
4 games; award date February 2, 2014

7th edition of the semi-regular French Comp. Send your votes by Feb 2nd midnight(ish) to ifictionfr at gmail dot com. Votes must have 3 notes, out of 10 (10 being the best): one for Overall Enjoyment, one for Writing and one for...

Ectocomp 2013
25 games; award date December 1, 2013

Participants have three hours to write a Halloween-themed game.

19th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2013)
35 games in 2 divisions; award date November 16, 2013

The annual competition for original IF with a maximum playing time of 2 hours.

IntroComp 2013
7 games; award date August 18, 2013

Questcomp 2013
2 games; award date July 17, 2013

Questcomp 2013 was the first IF Competition open exclusively to games created with Quest.

The Andromeda Legacy Competition (2nd annual)
1 game; award date July 16, 2013

The 2nd annual Andromeda Legacy competition.

2012 XYZZY Awards
21 games in 11 divisions; award date May 11, 2013

Spring Thing 2013
3 games; award date April 29, 2013

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

Ludum Dare 25
1 game; award date January 7, 2013

Global game design competition with the stipulation that games must be created from scratch in 48 hours. An extra day is allowed for a second category, "Jam" games which have relaxed rules.

EctoComp 2012
6 games; award date November 21, 2012

18th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2012)
28 games in 2 divisions; award date November 16, 2012

The annual competition for original IF with a maximum playing time of 2 hours.

ADRIFT 5 Intro Comp 2012
1 game; award date September 30, 2012

The V.5 has been out for quite a while now, and although there are some issues I believe that it’s good enough to use for writing a game. And since things have been quiet around here for too long now, I have decided to stir up the waters...

Ludum Dare 24
1 game; award date September 17, 2012

Global game design competition with the stipulation that games must be created from scratch in 48 hours. An extra day is allowed for a second category, "Jam" games which have relaxed rules.

The Andromeda Legacy Competion
2 games; award date July 13, 2012

The Andromeda Legacy™: The Expansion of a Shrinking Universe First Annual IF Competition, Ed. 2012 http://www.intfiction.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=4521

Spring Thing 2012
4 games; award date May 7, 2012

French Comp 2011
6 games; award date April 22, 2012

6th edition of the semi-regular French IF Comp.

2011 XYZZY Awards
25 games in 13 divisions; award date March 4, 2012

1st Annual Herbstlaub Competition
2 games; award date January 5, 2012

Like Spring Thing in the english speaking world, Herbstlaub is a competiton for longer, more ambitious works.

Ectocomp 2011
10 games; award date December 2, 2011

The 5th annual Hallowe'en speed-IF competition. Entries are all written in 3 hours or less. Traditionally an ADRIFT-only event, 2011 is notable for being the first Ectocomp to allow non-ADRIFT entries.

17th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2011)
38 games in 2 divisions; award date November 16, 2011

The annual competition for original IF with a maximum playing time of 2 hours.

Saugus.net Halloween Ghost Story Contest -- 2011
1 game; award date October 31, 2011

Since 1998 Saugus.net has been offering this popular free contest. While it started off fairly local in scope, today we get entries from all over the world, and winners can expect to have their stories read by hundreds of thousands.

Interactive Fiction Top 50 of all time (2011 edition)
48 games; award date October 1, 2011

People were asked to send in a list of between 1 and 20 of their favourite IF games of all time (in no particular order). The number of points a game got was the number of lists on which it appeared. 35 participants cast a total of 437...

@party competition 2011
1 game; award date June 19, 2011

An interactive fiction competition at @party 2011, a computer art festival in Harvard, Massachusetts, USA.

Spring Thing 2011
6 games; award date May 16, 2011

The Challenge
3 games; award date May 5, 2011

An ADRIFT-only competition for games featuring: * 1 secret passage * 2 endings * 3 ways of dying * 3 NPCs * 5 objects essential for solving the game * 8 rooms

Textfire Grand Prix 2011
4 games; award date May 2, 2011

2010 XYZZY Awards
20 games in 12 divisions; award date February 26, 2011

Ectocomp 2010
8 games; award date December 7, 2010

The annual Adrift Hallowe'en (horror and sci-fi) themed competition. Entries must be completed in 3 hours. "The theme is fairly general; ghost stories, horror, the supernatural, weird fiction, spine-chilling tales, pulp magazine stories,...

16th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2010)
26 games in 2 divisions; award date November 16, 2010

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

IntroComp 2010
9 games; award date August 14, 2010

2nd Annual Metafilter Interactive Fiction Contest
3 games; award date June 1, 2010

Administered by Metafilter user Deathalicious, the Metafilter competition centered on creating a game in a single month and submitting it for peer review. The 2010 competition received three entries.

2009 XYZZY Awards
14 games in 10 divisions; award date March 20, 2010

Casual Gameplay Design Competition #7
30 games; award date February 22, 2010

We are pleased to announce a very special Casual Gameplay Design Competition, one focused entirely on interactive fiction! For CGDC #7, we're calling on IF authors to craft one-room games incorporating the theme "escape". It's text-only...

GameplayComp
1 game; award date November 20, 2009

The aim of GameplayComp is to create a game which explores non-traditional forms of gameplay while still remaining IF.

Ectocomp 2009
3 games; award date November 17, 2009

The annual Adrift Hallowe'en (horror and sci-fi) themed competition. Entries must be completed in 3 hours. "Ectocomp is a Speed IF Competition for Hallowe'en. Entries can be darn near anything (they don't always turn out to be horror,...

15th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2009)
24 games in 2 divisions; award date November 16, 2009

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

Saugus.net Halloween Contest 2009
3 games; award date October 31, 2009

A yearly Halloween contest for ghost stories. It has been open to interactive fiction entries since 2002, but none were submitted until 2009.

IntroComp 2009
3 games; award date September 19, 2009

Spring Thing 2009
4 games; award date April 28, 2009

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

2008 XYZZY Awards
11 games in 10 divisions; award date March 14, 2009

French Comp 2009
3 games; award date February 9, 2009

5th edition of the semi-regular French IF Comp

French Comp 2008
5 games; award date December 16, 2008

4th edition of the semi-regular French IF Comp.

14th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2008)
35 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2008

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

2008 AIF Minicomp
1 game; award date July 2, 2008

The AIF Minicomp is an annual competition for small AIF games.

Spring Thing 2008
3 games; award date May 6, 2008

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

2007 XYZZY Awards
16 games in 10 divisions; award date March 9, 2008

French Comp 2007
5 games; award date February 17, 2008

The third annual competition for IF games in French.

13th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2007)
27 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2007

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

2007 IF Art Show
3 games in 3 divisions; award date May 31, 2007

A competition for IF art pieces with minimal use of plots or puzzles. Entrants were expected to focus on objects (Still Life division), scenery/rooms (Landscape division), NPCs (Portrait division), or activities (Event division).

Spring Thing 2007
4 games; award date April 26, 2007

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

2006 XYZZY Awards
21 games in 10 divisions; award date March 4, 2007

French Comp 2006
4 games; award date December 29, 2006

Second edition of the semi-regular French IF Comp

12th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2006)
43 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2006

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

Spring Thing 2006
4 games; award date April 24, 2006

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

2005 XYZZY Awards
18 games in 10 divisions; award date March 12, 2006

11th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2005)
36 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2005

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

French Comp 2005
5 games; award date October 26, 2005

The first annual competition for IF games in French.

Spring Thing 2005
6 games; award date May 2, 2005

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

2004 XYZZY Awards
17 games in 10 divisions; award date March 20, 2005

10th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2004)
36 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2004

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

2004 IF Art Show
5 games in 3 divisions; award date June 9, 2004

A competition for IF art pieces with minimal use of plots or puzzles. Entrants were expected to focus on objects (Still Life division), scenery/rooms (Landscape division), NPCs (Portrait division), or activities (Event division).

2003 XYZZY Awards
15 games in 10 divisions; award date March 2, 2004

9th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2003)
30 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2003

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

2003 IF Art Show
6 games in 3 divisions; award date May 3, 2003

A competition for IF art pieces with minimal use of plots or puzzles. Entrants were expected to focus on objects (Still Life division), scenery/rooms (Landscape division), NPCs (Portrait division), or activities (Event division).

Spring Thing 2003
4 games; award date April 22, 2003

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

2002 XYZZY Awards
19 games in 10 divisions; award date February 3, 2003

8th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2002)
38 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2002

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

The Top Five IF Games (Adventure Gamers, 2002)
10 games; award date September 23, 2002

A countdown of the best IF released between 1995 and 2002, intended to be useful to IF newcomers.

Spring Thing 2002
1 game; award date June 2, 2002

The Spring Thing, also known as the Fall Fooferall, is an annual competition that was originally conceived and organized by Adam Cadre. The Spring Thing is designed to operate at the opposite time of year from the annual IF Comp in...

2001 XYZZY Awards
20 games in 10 divisions; award date March 9, 2002

7th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2001)
51 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2001

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

2001 IF Art Show
4 games in 2 divisions; award date April 17, 2001

A competition for IF art pieces with minimal use of plots or puzzles. Entrants were expected to focus on objects (Still Life division), scenery (Landscape division), or NPCs (Portrait division).

2000 XYZZY Awards
22 games in 10 divisions; award date March 11, 2001

6th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2000)
53 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 2000

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

2000 IF Art Show
8 games in 4 divisions; award date April 2, 2000

A competition for IF art pieces with minimal use of plots or puzzles. Entrants were expected to focus on objects (Still Life division), scenery (Landscape division), or NPCs (Portrait division).

1999 XYZZY Awards
17 games in 10 divisions; award date February 12, 2000

5th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1999)
37 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 1999

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

1999 Summer IF Art Show
2 games; award date September 8, 1999

A competition for IF art pieces with minimal use of plots or puzzles. Entrants were expected to focus on objects (Still Life division), scenery (Landscape division), or NPCs (Portrait division).

1999 Spring IF Art Show
3 games in 2 divisions; award date May 7, 1999

A competition for IF art pieces with minimal use of plots or puzzles. Entrants were expected to focus on objects (Still Life division), scenery (Landscape division), or NPCs (Portrait division).

1998 XYZZY Awards
14 games in 10 divisions; award date February 6, 1999

4th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1998)
27 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 1998

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

1997 XYZZY Awards
19 games in 10 divisions; award date February 5, 1998

3rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1997)
34 games; award date January 10, 1998

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

1996 XYZZY Awards
17 games in 8 divisions; award date February 8, 1997

2nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1996)
26 games; award date December 2, 1996

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

First Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1995)
12 games in 2 divisions; award date November 15, 1995

The annual competition for original IF, judged by the readership of rec.arts.int-fiction.

2012 Hugo Comp
5 games

7th Annual New Year's Minicomp
5 games

Hi! Look at the time, it's my pleasure to announce the 7th annual New Year's Minicomp! For those unfamiliar with this, a short explanation as to the motivation behind it. It's meant to offer people a chance at writing a small work of IF...

@party Interactive Fiction Competition 2010
2 games

A competition of games written for the 2010 @party demoparty, judged by its attendees.

A Maze Berlin 2015
1 game

ChickenComp
19 games

A minicomp for tiny games where the theme is A CHICKEN CROSSING A ROAD. Games were released on 18-Jun-1998.

Cover Stories
11 games

Cover Stories was a game jam / minicomp for artists and creators of interactive fiction. In the first stage, artists created or sourced images that they thought would make good covers for an IF game; in the second, authors chose covers...

DragonComp
7 games

The premise is to write a short game about one or more dragons and make it as funny as possible.

imaginary games jam
16 games

Premise: The authors received a randomized list of five imaginary games created by other participants in the jam. They were to pick one (or more) and make: a sequel, a prequel, a fan fiction, a critical response game, a sidequel, a...

Independent Games Festival 2017
1 game

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) is an annual festival at the Game Developers Conference.

IntroComp 2015
6 games

Introcomp 2017
11 games

All IntroComp entrants must submit an excerpt of a new, never before seen work of interactive fiction that is not yet complete.

Ludum Dare 33
1 game

Ludum Dare 39
2 games

Ludum Dare is one of the worlds largest and longest running Game Jam events. Every 4 months, we challenge creators to make a game from scratch in a weekend.

Nebula Awards 2016
1 game

The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter...

ParserComp 2015
14 games in 7 divisions

ParserComp 2015 is a ranked, long-form game jam for parser games only. The full rules are available at the competition website.

PAX East 2010 Speed-IF
11 games

Also known as PAX East Speed-IF, the sixty-eighth Speed-IF ran live on Saturday, March 27th, 1:30pm to 2:30 pm, in the IF Suite at PAX East 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The organizer was David A. Cornelson. Entries from off-site were...

PAX East 2011 Speed-IF
9 games

The seventy-first Speed-IF, with no particular name, took place at PAX East 2011 in Boston on March 12th, 2011. The organizer was David Cornelson. Topics were chosen via a madlibs in the early afternoon. Authors had until 10:30pm to send...

Speed-IF 11th Anniversary
1 game

Write a game with the number 11, teaching, a dishwasher, steam, teleportation, a Marvel character, tossing fish, a long distance relationship, and something about one hour. Go! (from ifwiki.org)

The 8th Annual New Year's Interactive Fiction Event
2 games

The traditional New Year's Event celebrates the end of a year and the beginning of another with an informal game jam. There's no judging or scoring, only the pure joy of being creative. Write a game, story or make anything else following...

The penultimate not numbered Speed IF
11 games

Another good year for IF draws to a close. So it's time for another New Year's Speed! The motivation behind it is to offer people a chance at writing a small work of IF at the end of the year. Traditionally, the rules have been very...

The ultimate not numbered New Year's Speed IF
5 games

THE ULTIMATE NOT NUMBERED NEW YEAR'S SPEED IF (Yes, I do realize it has become more of a Minicomp. Deal with it.) For those unfamiliar with this, the motivation behind it is to offer people a chance at writing a small work of IF at the...

The Year of Adventure
2 games

2016 is the fortieth anniversary year of Crowther and Woods' original Adventure (also known as ADVENT, Colossal Cave, or Colossal Cave Adventure) – possibly the first work of computer interactive fiction. To commemorate this anniversary...

Tiny Utopia Jam
16 games

Game jam for creating tiny utopias. Free for all, no opening or closing date.