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SHORT ANSWER: NO, AND NO EXCEPTIONS.
Longer answer: each open submission period results in thousands (no, not exaggerating; the site can get up to 500+ submissions in just one day) of pastas in the queue. Add that to the fact that I – just ONE person who has an entire life outside of this website – also handle the comments, backend maintenance, responding to Contact Us emails, as well as any anything else that needs to be done in regards to the site, and it should be very clear that I already have my hands full. Simply put, I do not have the time or mental energy to be everyone’s personal mentor, even if I very much appreciate your participation.
If you ignore this rule and ask anyhow, I will ignore you, I’m sorry. If you do not take the hint and start harassing me because you feel wrongly entitled to my time and help, you will just earn yourself a ban. Boundaries: learn them.
If you want critiques of your writing before you submit (usually a good idea), please visit the Available Beta Readers page and contact one of the many people who have graciously volunteered to help other community members refine their stories.
The other option is to submit and check “yes” for publishing on crappypasta.com – this means that if we decide that your story has potential but isn’t quite ready for the main website, we’ll still publish it on crappypasta.com, where people can give you advice and critiques. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU CAN SUBMIT UNFINISHED WORK FOR FREE FEEDBACK. DOING SO WILL NET YOU A BAN FROM FUTURE SUBMISSIONS. Crappypasta is intended only for people who were satisfied with their pasta and rejected, as a sort of “last resort” phase of feedback. Do be aware, though, that it’s not a hugbox – you will probably get some snarky comments alongside the more earnest ones, though I do try to remove anything I deem more abusive than constructive. If you can’t take the scrutiny of having your stuff put on crappypasta, DO NOT CHECK YES ON THIS OPTION.