Updated Submission Guidelines, Parser vs Hypertext, and the Magical XYZZY!

It’s been a crazy last few weeks for interactive fiction! But first, the news on Inky…

Inky News

We’ve updated our submission guidelines, making them simpler and more streamlined to allow you to submit your piece rather than reading through long lists of guidelines. If you’re thinking of submitting to our second volume you’ve got 1 month left to get those pieces in.

Check out the submission guidelines here.

IF News

New developments are shaking the IF world. The results of the XYZZY Awards have been released along with a transcript of the ceremony. For those who don’t know, the Awards allow individuals to vote on the best IF Game, Writing, Puzzle, NPC, and other categories for all the games made that year.

Chris Klimas points out in his Storycade article that for the first time, a majority of the games were produced with Twine. Instead of this heralding an end to parser-based IF, however, he maintains that the increasing popularity of hypertext IF adds to the great wealth of IF that can be written and played and promotes a greater IF culture and community.

If you’re more interested in RPGs, Fail Forward offers some great links and reviews of tabletop and pen and paper RPGs including a clever review of Retrocasuality.

New Submission Guidelines, Upcoming Interviews, and More!

Now that Inky Path’s first volume is launched it’s time to roll out some big changes.

  • Submission Guidelines — We’re cutting down our guidelines to let you submit your work in the simplest way possible. No more reading through a long list of requirements!
  • Streamlined Editing — We’re improving our editing process to get decisions and comments to author in the quickest way we can.
  • Regular Updates — We’re letting this space become a great location for IF news, musings, and other great content. If you have blog content you want to post/repost here, see the Submissions page for the details.
  • Interviews! — We’re sending out a fresh round of interviews to writers and developers in the IF community. If you might be interested in participating in an interview, drop us a line.

Expect to see some new developments around here in upcoming weeks.

As always, we’re accepting interactive fiction pieces–both new and previously published. Visit the Submissions page for more info.