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Creepypasta Contest: Gaming Pasta Challenge [Entries Closed, Winners Announced]

April 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Thanks for all of your entries! Here are our top three:

1. Willow Creek (Congrats to moonlit_cove on your flask!)
2. The Shame
3. Razor Games

Some entries were deemed very close-but-no-cigar and as such will be posted to Crappypasta for further refinement. It’s our hope that they will be reworked enough to eventually end up on the main site! Please keep an eye on the Crappypasta Round-Up category if you are interested in giving feedback to the stories in question, or simply check in with Crappypasta regularly.

As mentioned in the April Discussion post, this month we are having a writing contest!

I’m going to just go ahead and copy/paste what I wrote before:

If you’ve been active in the creepypasta community for a decent amount of time, it’s highly likely that you’ve encountered gaming pasta. Such stories are often referred to as “Haunted Cartridge” pastas due to how many of them involve protagonists who, for some reason, are willing to pay for obviously counterfeit versions of old NES games and then have to deal with the consequences of whatever weird angry gaming spirits they’ve invited into their console of choice.

The genre gets a (largely deserved, let’s be honest) bad rap mostly due to how many gaming pastas are nothing more than retellings of the original, more novel haunted game stories. For example: while Pokemon Black was novel at first and did creep some people out, the countless “Pokemon Blood Orange” or “Pokemon Burnt Sienna” spin-offs that sprung from its loins got really tiresome, really fast. Likewise with the “Ben Drowned” rip-offs – people started churning out variants that essentially were just mad libs, replacing just the game and Ben’s name. There’s really no faster way to kill a creepypasta subgenre than overloading readers with a glut of indiscernable copycat stories – even when a decent and/or original entry appears, readers seem to be too jaded from the ” crappypasta overload to give anything in the genre a chance.

With all that said, I do believe there is hope for gaming pasta. Even if it doesn’t receive many additions, I do retain the Haunted Games tag for a reason – there are those of you out there who truly do enjoy your creepy video game stories, and when they’re done well, I fully agree that they can be enjoyable.

So this month, I have a challenge for all you writers out there: write and submit a good gaming pasta.

From April 19th until May 5th, I will open up a special submission form where people can submit gaming pastas only; anything unrelated that gets sent in via this form will be deleted. The moderation team and I will read through all of the submissions and pick three winners that we feel best accomplished the goal of writing a good gaming pasta. The top three submissions will have their story hosted here, of course, and the top-ranked eligible author will also receive a Legend of Drink Gaming Cartridge Flask:

The Legend of Drink

  • The mods and I will be reading and discussing the submissions amongst ourselves as time allows. Please allow up to a week after contest submissions close for us to choose our winners.
  • Only ONE winner will receive the flask. In order to receive the flask, you must have a shipping address in the US/Canada and be 18 years of age or older. If this doesn’t apply to you but you still wish to submit a story to the contest, that’s fine, just know that you won’t be eligible for the physical prize – it will be given to the next placed author that fulfills the eligibility requirements. However, your story will still be eligible to be declared the overall winner of the contest.
  • TO BE CLEAR: DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR CONTEST ENTRY VIA THE NORMAL SUBMISSION FORM. USE THE FORM ATTACHED TO THIS POST. Submitting your story to the wrong form is likely to result in your story not being read until after the contest is over, as it won’t go into the priority contest queue.
  • Just because I know some of you will read that last sentence and think you have a clever plan to get your non-contest story read quickly: if you submit a non-contest story using this form, it will just be deleted. Don’t try to game the system, it won’t work.

The form is attached to this post under a cut and can be accessed by clicking here (or simply by clicking the post title). Submissions for this contest are now closed! Thank you to everyone who participated.

I look forward to seeing what you guys can produce!

*There is an affiliate code present in the link to the flask on Amazon. This means that if you buy anything on Amazon after using that link, the site will get a small kickback – which goes back into the pot to fund more giveaways like this one. If you use our affiliate link, thank you!

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Spring 2016 Open Submissions & Crappypasta Week

March 21, 2016 at 12:00 AM

First of all, I just want to thank everyone for being patient. Some unavoidable issues cropped up over the past few months that caused some serious delay – I won’t bore you with personal issues, but I do very much appreciate the supportive messages that I received from those who were paying attention to my little sidebar updates!

Spring 2016 Open Submission Period

Anyhow, down to business, since I know that many of you are very, very eager to get this new open period cracking. This open period will run from today, March 21st 2016, until May 21st 2016.

This post means that all submissions from the prior open period have been processed. Those of you queued for Crappypasta have been sent emails letting you know of this status. For everyone else, if you did not receive any reply, consider your story rejected. If you are confused, please familiarize yourself with the FAQ – the entire submission process is covered in detail there. Please refrain from leaving whiny/confrontational comments if your story was not accepted; it only serves to make you look bad. Likewise, please resist the urge to send me nasty messages via Contact Us or the submission form if you are upset about your story’s status. Once again, this does you no favors.

Moving on, please note that there are two new sections on the submission form. 

  • The first will allow authors to have me tag their pasta with a “Video Narratives OK” tag – this means that the author is okay with people in the community reading the pasta on their YouTube (or whatever video hosting site) channel. Any further use of their work is still at their individual discretion, and you’ll need to try and contact the author personally.
  • The second is much the same, but for Crappypasta. If an author has selected YES for the Crappypasta question, they can also request that – if their pasta is posted on Crappypasta – their story receives a “Video Critique OK” tag. This means that community members are free to make video critiques/analysis of the crappypasta in question.

If you have prior pasta that has been posted on the main site and/or Crappypasta and you wish to have either of these tags applied, please reply to your acceptance/Crappypasta email and let me know.

A special note about Parodypasta – as April 1st is fast approaching, if you want your parodypasta considered for this year’s April Fool’s Round-Up, you will need to get it sent in before March 30th. This should be obvious, but I always get stragglers sent in a few days after or the day of April Fool’s. If your story is a parodypasta, make sure to use the parodypasta tag – I will be prioritizing such stories in the queue until March 30th. Note that if you try to abuse this and tag an obviously non-parody submission as a parodypasta just to try and get me to read it first, it will be an automatic rejection once I realize what you’ve done. Don’t be selfish.

Crappypasta Rework & Crappypasta Week

If you frequent Crappypasta at all, you’ll be aware that it recently received an overhaul. You can visit this post for the specifics.

In celebration of this rework – and, yes, as a transparent attempt to get more people active and leaving feedback – from 3/21 to 3/28, I will not be posting new, accepted stories on the main site. Rather, I will be posting daily round-ups of the stories that have been uploaded to Crappypasta each day. Keep in mind that stories are not posted there unless they have clear potential for the main site, so you may find that you really enjoy some of the work that is posted over the course of the week. If you are new to Crappypasta, please familiarize yourself with the various ins and outs of the site – there are multiple ways to leave feedback, as well as a function to upvote stories that readers believe I rejected wrongly. The big rule is that you must keep your criticism constructive – nasty comments that bring nothing to the table will simply be removed during moderation.

To get you started, here are the recent Crappypasta postings from the past few days:

Please enjoy these currently al dente pastas and feel free to participate in the process of refining them!

 

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Submissions Now Closed & Admin Update 11/16

November 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

As of this posting, it is now 11/16/2015, so the Fall 2015 Open Submission Period has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who sent in their stories over the past three months! I will announce the next open period after I’ve made more progress through the queue and have a better idea of when we’ll need more stories.

I am, mostly, back from my short break. I want to thank you all for being understanding while I dealt with my loss. At the risk of getting too personal, this was someone who was extremely important to me and I’m still having trouble with everything, so I hope you guys understand if, at first, I filter the submissions I read based on keywords – for example, I may skip reading submissions tagged in the ‘Murders/Death’ category until I think that it won’t be quite so difficult for me. I know that this isn’t as fair as the normal first-come, first-served way that I handle submissions, but I think that it is necessary in order for me to start tackling the queue sooner rather than later.

I want to specifically thank @HaySourApple, @ErickAlden, @sade_jewel, @Star_Kindler, Elizabeth, and Dawn and for reaching out with kind words to me during this time. It’s really appreciated, and you guys are all amazing for taking time out of your day to try and comfort a stranger. Likewise, Katherine C, Ahriannah, and The Operator deserve a lot of thanks and credit for keeping the comments section going while I was away. Well, I certainly couldn’t manage this whole operation without them, and this was just more proof as to why!

I hope to have fresh stories being published again starting within the next day or so, however this will be largely reliant on the luck of the draw. Sometimes we get a bunch of solid submissions grouped together, other times I have to go through several days’ worth of submissions before finding even one acceptable pasta. So keep your fingers crossed that I find the good stuff quickly!

Lastly, I want to express my condolences and sympathies to everyone in France, Lebanon, and Iraq who were affected by Thursday and Friday’s terrorist attacks. I wish that I had the mental clarity right now to properly express how I feel, but just know that you have all been in my thoughts and I love you guys.

ETA: Thank you all so much for your kind words in response to this post. I want you all to know that reading these replies has been truly helpful to me; on some of the worst days, I came here and re-read your comments and it certainly helped me to feel better. You are an absolutely wonderful group of people, and I’m so lucky to be a part of this fantastic community!

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Admin Update 11/9/2015

November 9, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Hey guys, Derp here.

I’m sorry, but someone very important to me passed away this morning, and I need to take a few days to myself to deal with everything. Unfortunately, I have been scheduling on a day-to-day basis this past week, so this means that you guys will have a few days without fresh stories. I just don’t have the mental energy right now, particularly when considering the content of a lot of submissions.

I hope to only be gone for a few days, and thank you for your understanding.

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PSA: A Social Experiment

October 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Hey, everyone! I’ve been asked to spread the word about a fun Creepypasta project that a few community members are working on this month, and I think it’s something that a lot of you will find very interesting. You can either read the summary below and click the title card to visit their YouTube channel and watch the trailer, or watch the trailer embedded below.

Social Experiment

A madman has captured four people, each of whom was directly responsible for somebody’s death. Now, he has decided that it will be up to you to determine their fate. Choose who lives, choose who dies. “Social Experiment”. written by Micah Rodney (aka FearAddict) is poised to be one of the world’s first “Interactive Creepypasta” and stars the voice talent of Ahriannah Victoria, Stefanie Rodney, Tim Jewett and AllThatCreepypasta. Every Saturday during October starting on October 10, 2015, tune in to listen to the broadcast and then cast your vote for who lives. Only one person will survive to the end of October; how will it end?

Given that people seemed to really enjoy the view interactive/Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style “pastas” that we’ve featured in the past, I hope that you’ll all give this project a chance! Enjoy, and thanks for your time.

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Submissions Re-Opening… Finally. [August 15, 2015 -November 15, 2015]

August 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Hey everyone!

First off, I just want to thank you all for being patient and understanding while I sorted out the issue with the submission form. I know that many of you have been holding on to hopeful submissions for months now, and I’m sure it was disappointing when I wasn’t able to open submissions back in July as per my original plan. However, after testing a new submission plugin and monitoring how it affected our database while acting as the Contact Form only, I think that – knock on wood – we have a solid replacement and I now feel comfortable re-opening submissions.

Due to the extremely long ‘dead zone’ without any new submissions, this open period will be much longer than usual – three full months, as a matter of fact. It starts tonight, August 15th, 2015, and will end on November 15th, 2015.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We currently have pastas scheduled up until September 23rd; this means that pastas submitted starting now will not be published until at LEAST late September, possibly far later depending on where you end up in the queue. We were extremely lucky that the submission form shenanigans happened to coincide with my having an unusually large amount of stories in my ‘to publish’ pile; so much so that we’ve been able to bump up to two stories a day for July, August, and September!
  • If your story is specifically tailored to be posted around Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other specific timeframe, please make sure to tag it as ‘Seasonally Spooky’ – I do try to schedule those posts when they’re thematically appropriate.
  • I’ve added a new option in the tag field called “Historical Horror” – if your story is inspired by or set in a specific time period or tied to a historic event, please select this tag!
  • There is now a field on the submission form for people with ALREADY EXISTING author tags to enter their tag. If you don’t have a tag at the time of submission, leave this field blank. I will of course be double-checking and if I can’t verify that you are the ‘owner’ of that author tag, the story will not be placed in the tag. If you fill out the author tag field with anything but a valid author tag, it will just be ignored. This means that even if you’re eligible for a new author tag, you still need to use the correct form to request yours (and yes, that form is back and functioning again, too)!
  • The new submission form has a WYSIWYG text entry option; this means you can format your pastas exactly as intended without having to know html. I will do my best to honor your formatting – but if you do anything silly like try to submit a pasta entirely in massive lime green text… not going to happen, sorry. For those of you who prefer to enter your html manually (or have no formatting needs at all), you can still enter your pasta in the ‘Text’ tag without having to mess with the visual editor at all. This feature has been removed. I seem to have grossly overestimated the community’s familiarity with visual text editors. I was getting submissions so full of contradictory junk html code (for example: attempting to apply 5 different fonts to the same sentence, repeated on every single sentence in the story; or massive stacks of the italics tag being opened and closed 30 times without any actual characters in between the tags) that I was actually having trouble finding the story buried beneath all the lines and lines of extraneous html. I had assumed that most online writers would have at least cursory experience with visual text editors – I was clearly wrong. For the sake of my own ability to read submissions, I am removing the visual editor. To those of you who used the editor as intended, thank you, and my apologies that we’re having another episode of This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Creepypasta Edition.

As always, this post is EXPLICIT CONFIRMATION that all submissions from the prior open period have been processed. Please do check your email (including your spam filter – but of course, if you read the FAQ before submitting, you already whitelisted ‘creepypasta’ in your spam filter, right?) to make sure that you didn’t get any last-minute messages from me before you submit any edited pastas. If your story was accepted and you’ve made rewrites in the interim, please follow the steps outlined in the FAQ to make sure we get your newest version posted instead. If you’ve rewritten a story that was rejected entirely (you received no response from me whatsoever) or was placed on Crappypasta, you can resubmit it as normal.

Remember: if your submission did not receive a response, it was rejected. Please do not resubmit the exact same pasta simply because you didn’t receive a response; this is a complete waste of both your time and mine. However, if you rework your rejected story, you are more than welcome to resubmit.

That’s all for this announcement! I’m excited to see what you have all been working on for the past few months, so get to submitting!

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