Announcing the first annual MiniScript Try-It Contest!
Write a program that runs on the MiniScript Try-It! Page, submit your entry, and win up to $25!
Psychology tells us that creative constraints can lead to amazing work. So let's see what you can do within the constraints of the MiniScript Try-It! page:
- The program must no more than 2000 characters long.
- Your only input and output is via plain, monospaced text, green on black.
Within these constraints, you can create anything you like! It could be a game, a simulation, a cool utility, a demo, or anything else. Use your own algorithm, or adapt something from somewhere else. Get creative. The sky's the limit! (No, actually, the limits are points 1 and 2 above.)
We will award up three prizes for the coolest/most interesting/most fun programs:
- First place: $25
- Second place: $15
- Third place: $10
All amounts are in US dollars. You can receive your prize in the form of an Amazon gift certificate, a Steam gift certificate, or via PayPal or Google Wallet.
Winners are chosen by the creator of MiniScript (Joe Strout) and assistant judges he may appoint. Judging criteria are entirely subjective and all decisions are final.
The contest begins March 1, 2021, and runs through March 21, 2021.
New to MiniScript? No problem.
You have three weeks. That's plenty of time to learn MiniScript, even if you've never used it before — in fact the Try-It page has a lot of helpful details right there under "Help & Information".
MiniScript is so simple that everything you need to know can fit on a one-page quick reference.
We also have a Wiki, a user's guide, and a printed book for absolute beginners.
You can find personal support via our Discord Server and forums, or even on Reddit.
How to Enter
Run and test your program on the Try-It! page, then click the blue Share button. Give your post a title, then click Save. Your program will be stored in our database, and the page will refresh with a new URL, something like https://miniscript.org/tryit/4A1Ac2DC, which goes directly to your program.
Now submit this link in any of the following ways:
- Reply to this thread with the link to your program. (Feel free to say a few words about it too!)
- Tweet your link with the hashtags
#miniscript #tryit #contest.
- Post your link in /r/miniScript on Reddit.
After the contest period, we'll gather up all the entries and choose the winners! (All submissions must be your own original code, not copied verbatim from some other source.)
Creating programs is fun; creating little programs is even more fun. It also tends to level the playing field a bit between new and experienced programmers.
So dig in, play around, and see what you can create! You have three weeks. GO!