Esoteric Awards

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The Esoteric Awards, called the Essies for short, are a competition, originated by Ben Olmstead, designed to test the skill of esoteric programmers, through either design of or programming in esoteric programming languages.

2001[edit]

The first Esoteric Awards were held in 2000, but the deadline kept getting pushed back until it became 2001. The contest organizer was Ben Olmstead; judges included John Colagioia. The categories included:

  • Best New Esoteric Programming Language
  • Best Language Implementation in an Esoteric Programming Language

The entries included:

The winner was Sorted!, by Gerson Kurz.

2002[edit]

The Second Ennuial Esoteric Awards were held in 2002. The contest organizer was John Colagioia. The categories included:

  • Most Entertaining New Turing-Complete Toy or Language
  • Best Treatment of a Mainstream Programming Language as an Esoteric Programming Language
  • Iron Programmer

The entries included:

It is not known if a winner was picked.

Source: [1]

2003[edit]

It is not known if the Essies were held in 2003.

2004[edit]

The Esoteric Awards were held again in 2004. The categories included:

  • [Best] Turing-equivalent Language
  • [Best] Under-Turing-equivalent Gimmick
  • [Best] Program in an Esoteric Programming Language
  • Anything Goes

It is not known if any entries were submitted. It is likewise not known if a winner was picked.

Source: [2]

2006[edit]

The 2006 Esolang Contest was organized from this wiki in 2006, in somewhat the same spirit as previous essies. Like most of the others, it foundered.