I haven’t delved into this too deeply so apologies if I’ve missed anything, I did watch Norbez’s video though.
To be honest, the short answer is no but only because IF Art Show (as I’m envisaging it) is more about ambient, relaxing experiences. So the games entered will be super niche but not necessarily fringe in this context. If you think of meditation stories that you find on apps like Calm, then create that as an IF experience, then that’s what I have in mind.
Specifically for this jam/comp (my first time running it) I want to have the theme of exploration; something in the vein of The Fire Tower.
Back to the main topic and game - It does feel like something that typically IFComp itself would be fertile ground for, where experimental pieces can fine a home. Would it be worth reaching out to the IFComp folk ahead of next year to see if a category could be considered?
Sorry I can’t be of more help. By the way, fringe and niche are always welcome in ParserComp providing they are parser games, not sure whether the same challenges would have occured but I certainly welcome all who want to enter their game.