Spring Thing seeks prize donors!

Spring Thing, the annual festival for interactive fiction, is actively seeking prize donors for the 2022 season!


Rather than cash donations, the Thing accepts intents to donate cool, quirky, or hand-crafted items (physical or digital) that a fellow lover of text games might enjoy. When the festival closes, entrants rank prizes and are paired with them via PrizeBot, which attempts to find the happiest distribution. Winning a ribbon in the festival does not change how prizes are assigned.

Need ideas for prizes? Check out the prize lists for past Spring Things (such as ’21 or ’20), or look at the current or past prize lists for IF Comp. Prizes with a personal or homemade touch are especially welcome.

Don’t want to ship something? There are plenty of great non-physical prize ideas, too, such as placing a gift order on Amazon; a Steam code for a cool story game; play time credits for an online interactive narrative; game PDFs from an online bundle; or a handmade digital gift such as music or artwork. Feel free to post other ideas or suggestions below.

If you’d like to donate a prize, please PM me here or email aaron@springthing.net. Thanks in advance!

Fine print: keep in mind that part of your prize donation, if it’s a physical item, is the cost of shipping it to the recipient, who may be from a different country than you. Delivery of prizes won’t happen until after the festival closes in May.


Prize donations have been a little slow this year, so I thought I’d give this thread a bump. We’d love to see more prize submissions to help support all the wonderful authors planning to be part of this year’s Spring Thing! Check out the prize page below to find out more about how you can help, and thanks in advance!