DonorsChoose Campaign & Fun.com Holiday Raffle! [WINNER ANNOUNCED]

December 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Hey, guys! I’ve been plotting this post for awhile, but the site had other ideas, so this is going up a bit later than intended…

As I’m sure you’re all very aware, the holiday season is upon us. I’ve been kicking around the idea that we could try some crowd-funded charity as a community, and I figure that this time of year is probably the most amenable to get this sort of project started.

I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with DonorsChoose, but the tl;dr is that it’s a website where you can directly fund classrooms in need of sponsorship. The projects you can support range from things like simply buying books to stock a classroom library to larger ideas like school trips to foreign countries. It’s a pretty fantastic site and, given how the Creepypasta community tends to have an interest in cultivating writing skills and creativity, I thought it might be a good match for us!

To that end, I’ve created a campaign page for the Creepypasta.com community here:

Creepypasta Supports Classrooms

Basically, a campaign just allows us to focus funding the same few projects – so that hopefully, we can come together and get some classrooms completely sponsored.

To get the ball rolling, I’ve selected a few projects that caught my eye. I also asked for input from a few teacher friends! Of course, if you are a teacher with an active DonorsChoose project or know of a project that you think I should feature on the campaign page, please link to it in the comments and I’ll get it added right away. While I’ve mostly selected projects with a focus on writing/reading, we can absolutely work towards funding other projects as well!

I’d really love if we could come together as a community and get some of these projects funded in time for Christmas and the New Year!

To help me promote this idea, FUN.COM is allowing me to run a pretty awesome promotional raffle in the hopes that it will help get more eyeballs on our DonorsChoose campaign.

Creepypasta.com and Fun.com are raffling off ONE $75 shopping spree to their website. To give you an idea of what sort of items you could cash in your $75 on, I’ve picked out just a few things that caught my eye:

…but obviously, if you win, you have free reign to pick whatever you’d like within the $75 budget (or, if you end up wanting something more expensive – they do have some high-ticket items like Kotobukiya statues and such – they will allow you to apply the $75 as a credit to a larger order)!

The raffle will start at midnight EST on December 23rd, and run until midnight EST on January 7th. I will select the winner via Rafflecopter’s RNG tool, check that their entry is valid, and attempt to contact the winner. If I do not hear from the winner within 3 days, I will disqualify them and select a new winner – rinse, repeat that process if necessary. Final fulfillment of the shopping spree will be handled by FUN.com!

You can enter for free once per day, but there are several other ways to earn bonus entries as seen on the widget – including bonus entries if you donate to a DonorsChoose campaign, though a donation is absolutely not required. This raffle is for fun and to help raise visibility for our DonorsChoose page, but it is open to everyone, even people who can’t participate in the actual campaign.

You can enter via the widget below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any questions, you may ask them in this post’s comments!

I really hope that you’ll all help me in making this campaign a success – let’s get some classroom projects funded together! Please consider sharing the Creepypasta Supports Classrooms campaign page via Twitter and Facebook, even if you cannot contribute yourself.

Thank you all for your time, and a big thank you to Fun.com for helping me with this idea!

Happy Halloween! Here’s Our 2016 Giveaway! [Winners Announced]

October 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM

If you’ve been following on Twitter, you know this giveaway almost didn’t happen – my purchase was in the dreaded “pending” purgatory for awhile!

However, it appears luck is on our side, so I’m happy to finally announce:

The 2016 Creepypasta Halloween Giveaway

Well, it’s actually three giveaways: I couldn’t quite decide on just one title, so I purchased one copy of three different game that I thought might appeal to fans of creepypasta.

You may enter all of them if you’d like, but know that the winner will be picked randomly for each raffle, and you can only actually win one game. So if you enter all of them and RNG deems you the winner for the first game that I draw, that’s the game you’ll get – even if by some crazy chance you end up as the randomized winner for one of the other games, you’ll still only get the first game. If this happens, though, I will definitely tell you about it so that you can go buy a lottery ticket while you’re possessed of such supernatural luck!

A few other things to consider:

  • You need a Steam account that can receive gifts from a US Steam account.
  • You need to be 18 years of age or older to enter, please. I don’t want some angry parent coming after me for gifting their child a game about cannibalizing your ship crew or murdering teenagers at sleepaway camp. They MIGHT be okay with the game that is basically a cleaning simulator (albeit with some gore), but I don’t want to try my luck!
  • Due to the digital nature of the items, this contest is open worldwide, as long as it is legal  for you to have a Steam account and receive gifts.
  • For the bonus entries, you will need to complete them per contest. I’ve made the tweets and comment question slightly different for each game, so please pay attention – if you mark that you’ve completed the twitter task for Sunless Sea but I check and you’ve only tweeted about Slayaway Camp, sorry, no dice. You won’t win Sunless Sea.
  • Please use the same name and/or email to comment that you use to enter the raffle. This will make validating comment entries much easier for me!
  • The raffle will accept entries until November 5, 12:00AM EST. You can see the helpful countdown on the widgets to know how much time is remaining!
  • I will draw names and contact the winner within 24 hours. If the winner does not reply to claim their prize within 72 hours of my contacting them, they will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected – rinse, repeat.
  • If the Rafflecopter widgets do not display for you, please click the text link in their place and enter on the raffle’s website.

Here are the games up for grabs:

SUNLESS SEA

sunless-sea

LOSE YOUR MIND. EAT YOUR CREW. DIE. Take the helm of your steamship and set sail for the unknown! Sunless Sea is a game of discovery, loneliness and frequent death, set in the award-winning Victorian Gothic universe of Fallen London.

ENTER TO WIN SUNLESS SEA:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

SLAYAWAY CAMP

slayaway-camp
A killer puzzle game where you control Skullface, a psycho slasher bent on slaughtering teenage counselors at the title campground. Slide an adorable voxel murderer around hundreds of isometric puzzle levels to squash, flay, and decapitate hapless teens in this darkly comic homage to 80s horror.

ENTER TO WIN SLAYAWAY CAMP:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

VISCERA CLEANUP DETAIL

Viscera
In Viscera Cleanup Detail, you step into the boots of a space-station janitor tasked with cleaning up after various horrific sci-fi horror events. Instead of machineguns and plasma-rifles, your tools are a mop and bucket. That hero left a mess, and it’s up to you to deal with the aftermath.

ENTER TO WIN VISCERA CLEANUP DETAIL:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments – I think I’ve covered everything, though.

Discussion of the games in the comments is fine, just please avoid anything that could be considered plot spoilers!

Also, even if you don’t want to enter, feel free to join in on discussing the three questions asked across the raffles:

  1. How did you celebrate Halloween this year?
  2. What is your favorite movie to watch on Halloween?
  3. What is your favorite Halloween candy?

I hope that you all have a safe and fun Halloween this year!

Creepypasta Contest: Ghost Story Challenge [Entries Closed, Winner Contacted]

August 15, 2016 at 6:53 PM

It’s finally time for the next Creepypasta writing challenge – as mentioned in this post, this time around we want to read ghostly-themed stories. While I’d like to thematically call this the “Summer Ghost Story” challenge (this is going live on August 15th, the traditional date of the Bon Festival, after all!), please don’t think that you need to limit yourself to only summer-themed stories. The ghostly aspect is the important thing – other than that, there are no rules beyond the general site guidelines about what is/isn’t acceptable that can be found in the FAQ. I want to see what you can come up with: the prompt is intentionally vague.

You may submit your entries using the special contest submission form from today, August 15 2016, until I take the form down on September 1st, 2016.

THE PRIZE

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 the following prizes:

In order to receive the physical prize package, 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.

HOW TO SUBMIT & RULES

You may submit your entries for this specific challenge via the forum found on THIS POST. If you are viewing this post from the main page, please click either the read more link or the post title or even here to view the actual post.

Note that IF YOU SUBMIT IRRELEVANT STORIES (AKA normal, non-ghost related submissions) USING THIS FORM, THEY WILL BE DELETED. We will probably roll our eyes at your submission and laugh about people who don’t bother to read instructions, and your story will not be considered for either the contest or normal posting. If you submit to this form when it’s not appropriate, you’re basically throwing your submission away. Don’t do it.

Conversely, if you submit your contest entry using the normal form, there is a 99.99% chance that it won’t even be SEEN until the contest ends, thus inevitably resulting in your story not being considered for the contest. The normal submission form gets hundreds of submissions per day – you should be able to understand why I need you to submit your contest entry to the contest-only form if you want it sorted properly. If you screw up and realize it in time, use the Contact Form to let me know and we’ll get it sorted. This can be avoided, however, by simply paying attention!

The moderators and I will read the submissions together after the entries close and select our winners. There is no set-in-stone turnaround time, as things come up and trying to coordinate the schedules of four people can sometimes be difficult. However, we will do our best to keep it timely.

Thanks, and I look forward to reading everybody’s entries!

*There is an affiliate code present in the link to the prizes. 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!

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!

December 2015 Discussion Post: Unusual Fears & Yeti Heated Slippers Giveaway! – Contacting Winner

December 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Share Your Unusual Fears

Happy December, everyone! Since submissions are closed, I thought it might be nice to have a discussion topic that will be – I hope – conducive to inspiring new pastas. Closed submission periods are intended not only to give me time to catch up on the backlog, but also to give you guys time to work on new stories without any “pressure” from the open period’s timeframe.

We’ve discussed our biggest fears before, but this month I want to put a little spin on that same topic.

What do you fear despite said fear making absolutely no sense?

I’m not talking about classic fears like being killed or looking into mirrors at night or the zombie apocalypse. I mean little things that most people wouldn’t consider scary, yet still give you a deep, true chill.

Here’s an example – this is my own, and yes, I know it’s very silly: When using Google Earth or any sort of constellation/night sky map program, if I zoom in too close and stray too far from any landmass (or mapped star), I get a really uneasy feeling. So zooming in and accidentally pausing somewhere isolated in the middle of the Pacific, or somewhere with no known/visible celestial objects – I get seriously creeped out and have to scramble my cursor back to the safety of known, mapped places/objects.

So yes, I get creeped out by maps! I expect it’s more the isolation and unknown (to me) territory that is truly affecting me, it’s just interesting that it manifests in such a silly way. I’m also sure this is why I’m so fond of submissions that deal with similar themes like exploration, deep-space travel, creepy sea beasts, and the like.

I hope you see what I’m going for with this question now that I’ve revealed my slightly embarrassing fear! I’d love to hear your own next; if you have any thoughts or analysis about why [insert mundane thing] unsettles you so much, please share that as well! It’s my hope that we both have a fun discussion as well as plant some seeds of inspiration for some new, unique creepypastas.

As the raffle period has expired, I am putting the contest portion of this post behind a cut.

Creepypasta

Submission Status

Submissions closed on February 21st, 2017. Please allow me time to work through the queue before I reopen submissions. PLEASE READ THE FAQ AND ANY RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO SUBMIT YOUR PASTA OR SENDING CONTACT REQUESTS.


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