The Annual IF Competition
The Annual IF Competition (also known as the rec.arts.int-fiction competition, IF Comp, or just the comp) was started by Kevin Wilson in 1995. The official website is at ifcomp.org. It was taken over by David Dyte for a couple of years and has been run for the last few years by Stephen Granade with the help of Lucian Smith and Mark Musante and many others. On 5th January 2014, Granade announced that Jason McIntosh had agreed to be the next organizer of the IF Comp, starting from the 2014 competition.
In 2016, operation of the competition was taken over by the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation.
One of the parallel arrangements to the competition is the IF Beta Website where authors can sign up to have other community members beta test their work.
Summary of IF Comp Results
Organized by G. Kevin Wilson:
- IF Comp 1995:
- IF Comp 1996: 27 entries. Winner: The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet (Graham Nelson as "Angela M. Horns"; Z-code).
- IF Comp 1997: 34 entries. Winner: The Edifice (Lucian P. Smith; Z-code).
Organized by David Dyte:
Organized by Stephen Granade:
- IF Comp 1999: 37 entries. Winner: Winter Wonderland (Laura A. Knauth; Z-code).
- IF Comp 2000: 53 entries. Winner: Kaged (Ian Finley; TADS 2).
- IF Comp 2001: 51 entries. Winner: All Roads (Jon Ingold; Z-code).
- IF Comp 2002: 38 entries. Winner: Another Earth, Another Sky (Paul O'Brian; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2003: 30 entries. Winner: Slouching Towards Bedlam (Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto; Z-code).
- IF Comp 2004: 36 entries. Winner: Luminous Horizon (Paul O'Brian; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2005: 36 entries. Winner: Vespers (Jason Devlin; Z-code).
- IF Comp 2006: 43 entries. Winner: Floatpoint (Emily Short; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2007: 27 entries. Winner: Lost Pig (Admiral Jota as "Grunk"; Z-code).
- IF Comp 2008: 35 entries. Winner: Violet (Jeremy Freese; Z-code).
- IF Comp 2009: 24 entries. Winner: Rover's Day Out (Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2010: 26 entries. Winner: Aotearoa (Matt Wigdahl; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2011: 38 entries. Winner: Taco Fiction (Ryan Veeder; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2012: 28 entries. Winner: Andromeda Apocalypse (Marco Innocenti; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2013: 35 entries. Winner: Coloratura (Lynnea Glasser; Glulx).
Organized by Jason McIntosh:
- IF Comp 2014: 42 entries. Winner: Hunger Daemon (Sean M. Shore; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2015: 55 entries. Winner: Brain Guzzlers from Beyond! (Steph Cherrywell; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2016: 58 entries. Winner: Detectiveland (Robin Johnson; Web browser).
- IF Comp 2017: 80 entries. Winner: The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson; Glulx).
Organized by Jacqueline Ashwell:
- IF Comp 2018: 77 entries. Winner: Alias 'The Magpie' (J. J. Guest; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2019: 82 entries. Winner: Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell; Glulx).
- IF Comp 2020: 103 entries. Winners: The Impossible Bottle (Linus Åkesson; Dialog) tied with Tavern Crawler (Josh Labelle; Twine).
- IF Comp 2021: 71 entries. Winner: And Then You Come to a House Not Unlike the Previous One (B.J. Best; Inform 7).
- IF Comp Rules.
- Annual Interactive Fiction Competition at IFDB.
- The Hows and Whys of the Annual Interactive Fiction Competition - article by Stephen Granade at Brass Lantern.
- Links to each years' results:
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
- Interactive Fiction Competition at Wikipedia.
- Textual Pleasure: Parsing the Annual IF Competition - article by Lara Crigger for The Escapist, May 2007.