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It took me a lot longer than I expected, but I’ve finally found a submission form that actually works for our intended purposes without having any fatal flaws like not working with my spam protection service or not allowing custom fields or simply not working at all when tested (I truly did not expect this to be such a challenge, and I’m glad that the search is over).

Barring any catastrophe, I will be re-opening submissions on December 15th – yup, just in time for winter break. I am letting you guys know in advance in hopes that you will all take the time to proofread and edit your submissions before sending them my way!

As suggested by some of the community, submissions will open/close at regular intervals. This is to both allow me time to read everything without getting overtaken as well as – hopefully – encourage a bit more effort in submissions. With this in mind, know that submissions will close again on January 15.

For those of you who may not have received a response to your submission, don’t worry. Everything is sorted and I am currently in the stage of replying and scheduling all submissions. Everything should be finished up by the 15th – if, at that point, you still haven’t heard from me (and you didn’t check no on crappypasta), feel free to resubmit because your submission likely never went through.

Now, moving on, I’ve been encouraged by a lot of the readers over at Crappypasta to make a post about this next topic, and I agree that it’s necessary at this point. So let’s have ourselves a little chat, yes?

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, because I really do appreciate everyone’s work and recognize that without you all, this site would have little purpose. However, I do find it frustrating that the vast majority of the 1k+ submissions that I spent the past few weeks going through were clearly not ready for submission.

I’d appreciate of it if you thought of it like this:

If you expect me to take the time to read and seriously consider your submission, I expect you to actually put forth some effort and take the time to make sure it’s actually finished.

This means that you should:

  1. Make sure that you didn’t leave it on a “to be continued” or “if this gets enough votes I’ll finish it” or “part one maybe more to come” type of note. If your story is not finished, it will not be approved. I suspect that many of you are actually writing the stories in the submission box and sending it through immediately even if it’s not finished – please don’t do this. Save your pasta in a text file, an email to yourself, a tumblr post, whatever, and work on it later, then submit when it is done.
  2. Proofread. I say this all the time, but for some reason it seems many simply don’t pay attention. If your story has atrocious spelling, walls of text, is written entirely in txtspeak, and/or has no capitalization or punctuation to speak of, please don’t submit it until you’ve fixed these issues, because you have no chance at acceptance.
  3. Ensure that it’s an actual, fleshed out story, not just a vague idea. You can submit prompts at the page set up specifically for that purpose, you don’t need to send me a 1-2 sentence fragment of a story because that accomplishes nothing.
  4. If you’re writing a pasta based on a legend or story that you’ve heard before, please make sure that it’s not already posted. There’s a search function on the sidebar that will help you figure this out.
  5. Generally, try to avoid any of the negative categories outlined here. Crappypasta exists both as a tool for writers to get feedback on rejected pastas and as a way for aspiring writers to see what not to do. If your pasta is similar to ones published on Crappypasta and you suspect it might trip any of those category flags, it’s not ready for submission.
  6. Pay attention to the submission rules, FAQ, and the tooltips that will be on the new submission form. 99% of your questions have already been answered. I took the time to answer it for you and try and make the process easy, please take the time to read this before you request more help. It is incredibly frustrating when somebody claims to have “read everything” and then proceeds to spam multiple comments sections – or worse, the submission form itself – with questions that have been clearly answered on the very same pages that they’re commenting on.
  7. If you don’t know what the credit field is for, leave it blank. This note included by special request from the folks over at Crappypasta!

If you guys take the time to actually listen to those guidelines, it will be very much appreciated and make things far, far easier on me as well as improve turnaround time. Remember that when you submit a low-effort, unedited mess, you’re basically implying that you don’t respect my time at all – you’re adding to the pile of work without any actual contribution. This slows me down and also makes the other writers – who have actually put a lot of hard work, time, effort, and respect for the rules into their submissions – have to wait longer to get their stories read.

I know that some of you will read this and feel like “jeez that derpbutt is such a mean guy why does he take this so seriously its just creepypasta im gonna sumbit a bunch of jeff/slenderman slash fanfic that will show him” – but please, don’t. I have to be a hardass only because it’s become such a problem. I am not joking when I say that the crap to creep ratio is something like 15:1 – if not worse.

I hope that this will not dissuade any of you from submitting completely, just motivate you to try a bit harder and maybe pull your punches when it comes to what you send through the submission queue.

For those of you who listen to this and actually heed my request, you have my gratitude.

That’s all, and I look forward to seeing what everyone’s been working on over the past month and a half!

  • Quasar

    Unbelievable! It’s reopening on my birthday! Thanks for the great gift, derpbutt!

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  • DerpDeDerp

    Wonderful :) I actually have been writing a creepypasta, so these guidelines will help me.

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  • WhatisthisWinter

    I would rather be dragged into the woods and killed by Slenderman than have to read another bland story on him. I get it, the idea is pretty creepy! But just having him in the story doesn’t make it good. Just like that CandleJack dude, I mean honestly, Who actually thinks that’s sca-

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  • https://twitter.com/Star_Kindler Star Kindler

    Aw, yeah! You know I’ve been waiting for this! :D And good call on setting a time limit on how long submissions stay open. Hopefully you won’t be drowning in them this time.

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  • Henry

    Hazzah! Let the proofreading begin!

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  • https://www.facebook.com/GhastlyTalesPresents Michael Whitehouse

    Thank you so much for all of your hard work. I can’t wait to submit the rest of ‘Bedtime’ and a couple of other stories I have :)

    Mike

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  • darknight96

    awesome! also how goes the admin search?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      If there was anything to report, I’d say so.

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      • https://www.facebook.com/GhastlyTalesPresents Michael Whitehouse

        I’d be glad to help, if you want :)

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  • Hypodroid

    Been sitting on this story for weeks-psyched submissions are finally back up. I hope it doesn’t match any negative criteria…

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      It should be fairly obvious if it does.

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  • Quietocean

    Awesome, thanks again for all your hard work.

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  • Adveshan

    Definitely excited about this :) I’ve been checking the submissions status almost everyday for a while, and there’s finally an end in sight!

    Thanks, derpbutt!

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  • La Mettrie

    Today I overslept, and later blanked on an exam, but after coming on Creepypasta and seeing this note, I now consider today a good day. So excited! As soon as term ends I will be proofreading the *shit* out of my pasta.
    Thanks for making a lot of people very happy (and/or terrified), Derpbutt. Hope you don’t get too buried in submissions.

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  • Len Lye

    On that note derpbutt I wish you a merry Christmas and a (hopefully) happy New Year of a cleaner, more sophisticated, and better organized site!

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  • The Operator

    Speaking of what you said about ‘putting efforts in’, I’ve made a list of a lot of cliches I’ve found in crappypasta.

    CHARACTER RELATED CLICHES

    1: No Slenderman. I don’t even think this bears saying. Go make your own characters! It’s not that hard!

    2: No Jeff The Killer. This guy is almost as overused as Slenderman. I repeat, make your own characters.

    GENRE RELATED CLICHES

    3: No Lost Episode Pastas. These have been done to death since Squidward’s Suicide. Don’t do them.

    4: ‘Hyper-realistic’. Every time I see this word, I throw up a bit. It’s in literally EVERY Lost Episode pasta I’ve seen, and many Haunted Game pastas as well. Which leads us to….

    5: Haunted Game pastas. Two creepypastas did this well – NES Godzilla Pasta and Ben Drowned. Everything else is lame and boring.

    PLOT DEVICE RELATED CLICHES

    6: NO MIRRORS. Mirrors are pretty cool, and creepy, but like most other things on this list, they have been DONE to DEATH. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t use mirrors, you just have to avoid one thing. NEVER have some alternate universe/evil monster/evil mirror clone on the ‘other side’ of the mirror.

    7: NO DOLLS. I mean, seriously! These things are almost as overused as Slenderman! Thank god they’re not being as used as often now (and by, ‘not as often’, I mean, ‘still all the bloody time’.)

    8: Using ‘insanity’ or ‘madness’ as an antagonist. I’m seeing this more and more now. Yes, we get it! The ‘madness inside us’ is bad! Now shut up!

    9: Likewise, having ‘watchers’. Yes, we also get it, there are some SPOOOOKY things watching us! Oh no, we are so afraid!

    ENDING CLICHES

    10: Having ‘YOU’RE NEXT’ or ‘BEHIND YOU’ as an ending. It’s juvenile and will probably make the reader laugh, especially if they’re next to a wall (E.G ME).

    11: Having the character suddenly die at the end. Try to avoid this, unless the whole story has been building up to this, or the monster/whatever kills swiftly. And for god’s sake, do not end the story with a simple ‘He/She/I/You died.’

    OTHER THINGS

    12: Keep gore to a minimum, if possible. If done well it can be rather scary. It’s done well, like, 1% of the time.

    13: Try to keep grammar perfect/near-perfect, spelling correct, and the story to be easy to follow. There is NO REASON to misspell everything, nor is there a reason to never use punctuation or paragraphs. It makes it utterly illegible.

    Now, following these should give about a 33.333%, recurring of course, chance of not getting put on the creepypasta site. Otherwise, I shall quote what I said on the worst pasta of all time.

    ‘WHO WROTE THIS? WHO THE FUCK WROTE THIS?

    I WILL KILL THEM SO HARD, THEY WILL DIE TO DEATH.

    I WILL CUT OFF THEIR HANDS, TIE THEM UP, THROW THEM IN THE PATH OF A CAR, AND THEN, I WILLL RUN THE CAR OVER WITH A TRAIN.’

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    • Freaky Fred

      Disagree with 8. “Madness” is vague enough that it can still be good…unless you mean “don’t mention it by name as an enemy” like the stupid ending of the Russian sleep test, which I support.
      And 33.3333 recurring percent chance of what? Please don’t pull statistics out of your ass. Mostly, I agree with the advice though.

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    • WhatisthisWinter

      You… Will you marry me?

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  • the cake

    i couldn’t help but notice that there were grammatical errors in this fine post. the irony of it made me chuckle.

    grahmer

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      the cake, I’m not sure what’s up your butt in regards to this website and/or me, but I’ll give you what you want and reply anyhow because I do want to use your comment as a springboard to clarify something:

      If I was an insane hardass who rejected things for one misspelled word or people using not 100% flawless grammar, then maybe this could be approaching ironic. But it’s pretty clear that I let things slide and don’t expect absolute, sparkling perfection. I’m obviously talking about submissions where it is immediately apparent that little to no effort or care has been taken in regards to the pasta.

      There is a difference between using messy grammar that’s still understandable and maybe even for effect (I’m sure some of you can bring to mind comment sections where this was discussed – Jack Nice, for one) and sending me something that looks like this (Sorry that I’m picking on you, dj, but I wanted to use an actual submission as an example):

      “there were once 3 girls haveing a sleepover one had to go to the washroom when she went to the washroom she wanted to summon bloody marrry so she did this what she dd she flushed the toilet 3 times said her name locked the door got a candle lighted up so when she looked into the mirror she saw her the glass broke and then when she looked around she saw her the next morning when her friends reported that she was gone her parentslooked everywhere but then when they opened a bathroom the saw her dead with a blood writting that said bloody mary”

      It should be a rather obvious distinction.

      So for those of you who have expressed worry that a submission with one or two misspellings/typos or a strange grammatical turn of phrase will get auto-shitcanned – relax. You’re not the ones this message was really aimed at!

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      • YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE USERNAME!

        Cake, get off this website. Forever.

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      • https://www.facebook.com/betonunesneto Alberto N.

        Just epic… we love ya derpbutt, and creepypasta too! Great job on the site, keep it up and don’t let random trolls ruin anything

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  • SorryImAwkward

    this is my birthday

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  • http://www.quotev.com/StormySkye kathena

    I don’t mean to sound stupid, or like a newb, but I’m kinda confused. I’d like to sumbit and I understand the guidelines, but can I still sumbit? And if yes where to?

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      Read the FAQ and the submission page. They are both linked at the top of the site.

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  • http://www.quotev.com/StormySkye kathena

    Ok thank you very much. Your help was/is appreciated.

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