The Spring Thing is
an annual competition for interactive fiction (IF) computer games.
It was started by Adam Cadre,
who ran it during 2002 and 2003.
After a brief hiatus, Spring Thing was revived in 2005.
The intent to enter period for the 2014 Spring Thing is now closed. The games will be released and judging will begin on April 9th!
If you're an author
of IF, check out the rules. If this sounds
like a good place to release your next game, feel free to participate.
If you're a player
of IF, you're welcome to take part
as a judge. We're also looking for people to donate
Beta testing your entry is encouraged! Authors and testers can connect at if.game-testing.org or in the "Game Announcements and Beta Testing" forum at intfiction.org.
you can read about the history of the Spring
Thing, and find some cool games to download and
play. And if you have any questions, you can email me at:
March 1, 2014: The deadline to submit an intent to enter for the 2014 competition is now closed.
April 9, 2014: Deadline by which authors' entry fees must be received
by the organizer.
April 9, 2014: Deadline by which authors' games and walkthroughs
must be received by the organizer.
April 9 or 10, 2014: Games will be released, voting will start,
and the end of the voting period will be announced.
Note: deadlines for
authors are at noon, Eastern US Time, of the dates in question.
The Spring Thing would
like to thank the following people:
for starting the competition;
Greg Boettcher, for organizing and running it from 2004 to 2013;
Mike Snyder, for writing the voting program and for
running a mirror;
Peter Seebach, for past hosting and technical help;
Stephen Granade, for occasional advice; and
the prize donors, for their generosity.
Obviously, the general
purpose of Spring Thing is to promote interactive fiction. More specifically,
there are three aims that make the Spring Thing different from the annual
- To provide a place
for promoting medium-sized to long works of interactive fiction.
- To provide some
springtime relief to the dry season between the autumn deluges of the
- To encourage excellence
in game authorship and discourage shoddiness.
free to send questions or comments to: