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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!