There are a few questions that get asked so regularly via the Contact Us form that I’ve decided to just address them en masse. Here’s hoping that this FAQ will solve some of your burning questions! If you’re curious about something not addressed here, feel free to use Contact Us to send in your question.
However, if your question is already covered here, I won’t bother replying. If you can’t be bothered to read the information that’s already provided here, I’m not going to indulge your laziness. I took the time to write all of this out in hopes of helping the community to more quickly answer their questions; please give me the respect of checking it before you request a personal answer for your issue.
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General Site Questions
A “creepypasta” is a short piece of horror fiction. The name is a play on the 4chan slang of “copypasta” – when the creepypasta meme first began, there was a set group of pastas that tended to get shared over and over. Many people actually kept them in a text file and just re-pasted them wherever and whenever the mood struck. A website called King of Wolves used to host most of the original stories, but it has long since deactivated.
When creepypasta.com launched in 2008, the meme was still new, and thus ‘classic’ creepypasta were pulled from actual ongoing threads on places like /x/ and Encyclopedia Dramatica. So when you see the 2008-2009 pastas that may seem really basic and/or sparse now, please keep in mind that these were the pastas that actually helped launch the genre entirely. Creepypasta was extremely ritualpasta-heavy (The Holders, in particular, were wildly popular) and stories tended to be short and vague, rather than the more fully realized short stories that has become the norm today.
Once the site had finished archiving the “main” original pastas, creepypasta.com began accepting submissions from its readers. Since then, we have only posted reader-generated content that is directly submitted to us; we do not seek out content or scrape it from other websites.
The site admin does not write creepypasta (though that’s not to say I’ve banned myself from contributing, but I’m usually far too busy reading submissions to consider writing anything myself nowadays), I just read all the submissions and decide which ones to accept and publish.
The second point is just part and parcel of the blogging software that this site uses. Since you’ve only got one person scheduling posts here, it follows that every single post will be by that user account. It makes more sense if you read it as ‘This entry was posted by (admin name here).’ It’s not actually any attempt at taking credit for the story, don’t take it as such. If you scroll to the bottom of any given pasta, you’ll see that if the user requested named credit, it will be given there.
Yes. Comments go through two stages of moderation – the first is an automated anti-spam service that I pay for, because this website has gotten itself on quite a few spambot hitlists over the years. To give an example of how insane this is: from 2008 to 2012, the site received 44k legitimate comments. It has received 45k spam comments in the last three months of 2012 alone. If, for some reason, your comment triggers this filter – I’m sorry, but I will probably never even see it.
The second stage of moderation is manual and done by myself and a small team of comment moderators. We approve most comments, but there are some exceptions:
- We manually trash any comments that we deem abusive to myself or other users – so for those of you who think it’s cute to stalk particular users around the site, leaving them obscene comments, it’s pointless. We won’t approve them and thus, the target of your weird internet obsession/crush will never actually see any of your efforts.
- Any attempts to invade the privacy of anyone – myself, mods, authors, readers, other comment-leavers, etc – will also not be approved. Please respect other people’s privacy. Just because this is the internet, that doesn’t make the people you’re interacting with any less real or human.
- Generally obscene comments that have nothing to do with the site or pastas will also be deleted. Racism, inappropriate sexual comments, overly violent threats, misogyny, and their ilk will not get through unless someone is really tired while going through the queue and doesn’t notice the offensive comments. In that case, please use the report function and we will remove the comment if it is in fact offensive!
- If a moderator believes that your comment is not really relevant to the post, it’s at their discretion to delete said comment. This means that you shouldn’t be surprised if comments that just say “lol” and nothing else, comments that are just tired memes, roleplaying comments, etc, will probably not be approved.
If Google or any of the other site-watching services that I use alert me that a link in a comment is to a malware-providing or otherwise malicious site, I will remove the link. If you notice that your comments are having links removed, this is almost certainly the reason behind my doing so. I’d suggest looking into it and seeing why your site is being flagged as suspicious!
How do I get a picture next to my name when I comment? Do I need to register somewhere? Does this site have any sort of registration/user profile system?
We use the DISQUS commenting system, which allows you to register for a universal profile that will work across all websites that use DISQUS. You can upload an avatar and create a personal profile that will be visible to people who click your username in the comments.
Additionally, DISQUS gives registered users a Tumblr-like “dashboard” where you can see replies to your comments, active conversation threads on sites that you follow, as well as recent comments from other DISQUS users that you’ve chosen to follow.
I see no need for any user profile/registration function beyond DISQUS at this time.
Are you Mr. Creepypasta / Parsec Productions / Victor Surge / any other relatively well known Creepypasta-related person?
No. Creepypasta is a meme; there are going to be many people putting their own spin on how to archive and present it. I consider them part of our creepy extended family, for sure, but they’re not me.
To make it clear, creepypasta.com and crappypasta.com are the only creepypasta-related projects I work on at this moment. Anything else? Nope.
This means please stop sending me emails yelling at me about stuff that other sites are doing, or trying to get in touch with people unrelated to me. It makes you look silly, and I can’t help you with that kind of thing, anyhow.
A special note about Mr. Creepypasta and other similar channels/websites, since this has been brought up by enough authors that I need to address it: no, we are not affiliated. No, we do not have any sort of contact so I cannot pass on messages to him “faster” or “easier” than the general public. No, I do not give him permission to edit/use work posted on the site. No, I do not have any particular/extra influence with him – if he has taken and edited your story, you have to contact him, not me. Since I do not claim ownership of your work, there’s nothing I can do legally about such situations – that power remains with the original author. I am not a lawyer, so I cannot advise you on how to proceed if anyone steals, edits, and/or reposts your work without permission.
- Here is what I CAN do: If someone has stolen/edited your work and you wish to make it clear what has happened, you may contact me and have me edit your pasta to contain an author’s note explaining the situation. Here is an example of what I mean.
I am currently NOT taking applications for any of these positions. The way our submission system is set up, it’s simply too dangerous to allow a complete stranger access. Trust me, the previous team learned this the hard way. The last thing I want to do is pick the wrong person and have them decide to delete the entire submission queue because they had a bad day, you know?
We’ve had a few people attempt the position of co-admin, but they ended up bowing out after finding the amount of submissions and the abusive messages to be more than they were willing to tolerate.
The comment moderation team currently consists of myself, The Operator, Katherine C, and Ahriannah. If we ever feel that we need more help with comment moderation, the mod team will discuss who to recruit between ourselves and reach out to them privately.
If you’ve read the rest of the FAQ, this should already be clear, but for those of you who need things spelled out:
- For COMMENTS: Attempting to submit a pasta via comments, attempting to obtain/reveal personal information about myself or ANYONE ELSE (authors, other comment-leavers, Creepypasta YouTubers, etc), offensive slurs (racial, homophobic, nationalistic, sexist, religious, etc), deeply personal attacks on myself or anyone else (this means no attacking other comment-leavers or authors for what you perceive as their religious beliefs, orientation, etc), as well as excessive spamming (do not treat the comments section as your own personal message board for you and your friends on topics unrelated to Creepypasta – this is a waste of my time and server space) will result in the comments being marked as “spam” and thus rejected. The anti-spam filter that I use is “smart” and if I mark a person’s comment as spam, it will remember the IP and email address and start automatically deleting future comments from that person. If what you post is really beyond the pale or a repeated offense that somehow the filter doesn’t catch, I will manually blacklist you.
- For SUBMISSIONS: Begging for special exceptions/treatment, submitting during a closed submission period, submitting especially offensive, gross, or disgusting pastas (graphic depections of abuse, sexual violence, beastiality, pornographic stories, etc), saying that you are submitting an unfinished work “just for feedback” – in the submission or in response to rejection/Crappypasta posting – or otherwise admitting to wasting my time/clogging up the queue with unfinished work, sending me abusive or offensive comments because your pasta wasn’t accepted or read “quickly enough” for your tastes, harassing me about the status of your pasta – these are all now included in the zero-tolerance, one-strike-and-you’re-out policy. If you do ANY of these things, your pasta will be deleted and you will be added to the submission queue block list.
While not a “one strike and you’re out” thing, multiple instances of spamming the submit queue will get you banned. This means that if you submit the same pasta over and over again across multiple days (to be clear, a cluster of cloned submissions that are more likely a result of the form or site giving errors does not count – I won’t punish people for what is almost certainly an error on my server’s end – I’m aware that sometimes the site gives people an error message even though their comment or submission actually did complete correctly. I’m talking about people who submit the same pasta on multiple days because they didn’t get a response within one day and think that means they need to fill the queue with their pasta over and over again until they get their response) or resubmit something that has been posted on Crappypasta WITHOUT making any edits or changes, you run the risk of earning a permanent ban. If you only do it once, I might let it slide, but if it becomes apparent that you’re simply ignoring all rules and just submitting your pasta over and over and over without any actual respect for the guidelines, your submission will be deleted and you will be banned. In most cases, you will receive a warning asking you to stop your spamming. However, if you’ve spammed to an extreme point (ie, you’ve clearly been spam submitting over a long period of time and I didn’t notice it until later), I may skip that step completely and just ban you.
- This does NOT include separate submissions. Submitting, say, five DIFFERENT stories over the course of a submission period is perfectly okay. I am referring to people who submit THE SAME EXACT PASTA multiple times simply because they didn’t read the FAQ and don’t understand/don’t care that they are not guaranteed an instant response.
- Submitting REWRITES and EDITED VERSIONS of your pasta that was either rejected or previously posted on Crappypasta is okay and encouraged. What will get you banned is resubmitting THE SAME EXACT PASTA that was already rejected and/or posted on Crappypasta. This is stupid, pointless, and only clogs up the queue.
If you have somehow managed to trigger the Sucuri auto-ban (you’ll know as the site will direct you to a page telling you that you have been blocked by Sucuri; if you don’t see this page, you are not IP banned), in most cases you don’t need to do anything – it will automatically clear within a day or two. However, if the ban persists and you believe it’s in error, use the Contact Us form to let me know. MAKE SURE TO PROVIDE YOUR IP ADDRESS, otherwise I cannot do anything about it. If I look into it and believe it was the filter being overzealous, I will give you a one-time courtesy and unblock you. However, if you ever trigger the autoban again, it will be final. Likewise, if I look into your blocked IP’s history and find anything suspicious or questionable about the way you’ve been accessing the site, I will let the ban stay in place.
I reserve the right to change or add on to this list as I see fit; unfortunately, I cannot foresee every obnoxious thing that people will do. However, if someone does do something that necessitates an addition to this list, I WILL add it here so that other people are aware of what not to do.
Bans and blacklists can EASILY be avoided by simply reading the FAQ and remembering to treat both myself and other community members with respect and decency. It’s really not that hard!
Unfortunately, sometimes a stolen work gets through because I’m simply not familiar with the original work. If you notice this, and you are SURE that it’s a case of plagiarism and not just a popular creepypasta that you’ve read before (remember, creepypasta IS a meme, and memes by definition get spread around the internet) or the author submitting his own work (yes, we’ve had instances of people reporting the author for plagiarizing himself because they didn’t bother to read the credit at the bottom of the post and/or don’t realize that many authors send their work to multiple Creepypasta websites to maximize views), then please use Contact Us with a link to the pasta in question as well as proof that it was written by someone else and should not be on the site.
If you cannot give us any proof in regards to your accusations, no action will be taken. I’m sorry, but too many trolls attempt to claim plagiarism because they dislike a particular author and/or story. Plagiarism claims are not the way to settle petty internet rivalries, but people try anyhow – thus I simply cannot take plagiarism accusations at face value without any facts to back them up.
Similarly, if you accuse an author of plagiarism in the comments, I will reply asking for proof. If you realize that you have made a mistake, please have the decency to own up and apologize. I understand that sometimes people forget to check credits, or get confused if an author has submitted the same work to multiple Creepypasta websites. That’s fine. But please, if you realize that you have accused and author wrongfully, don’t let your pride get in the way – we’ve had people who clearly made the aforementioned mistakes and, rather than admit it and apologize, they instead doubled-down with sockpuppet commenters “agreeing” with them and harassing the author. First of all, I can see commenter IPs, so when you do this I know exactly what you’re up to and won’t approve your nonsense, and secondly – that’s just an incredibly shitty thing to do to someone simply because you refuse to admit your own error.
If you think that a story might be stolen but are not 100% sure, it’s best to use the form to contact me privately – this way, we can avoid ridiculous situations like the one described above.
I’d like to use (insert creepypasta here) for a project / video / tv show / book / etc. Can you give me permission?
Since we do not claim ownership of the submissions, no, the only person who can give you permission to use their work is the actual author of any given piece. Many authors have some sort of contact information (their email, twitter, tumblr, etc) as their credit link; please do use that to contact them – you do not need to involve us at all, as we claim no rights to their work. If there is no credited author and the piece you’re interested in was posted AFTER JUNE 2012, we may be able to help you by forwarding your request/contact information to the author, but we cannot promise they will reply. Anything before June 2012 is out of our hands, your best bet is to simply use Google to see if you can track down the author.
DO NOT SIMPLY TAKE THE WORKS HERE FOR YOUR OWN PROFIT. Many of the people contributing to this website are attempting to get themselves out there and noticed so that they can get a book deal in the future; when you steal their work, alter it, and spread it all over the internet for your own self-promotion, you are being both incredibly dishonest as well as directly hurting the author. If you are interested in using a pasta for ANY reason, please make an honest effort to get permission from the author first; if you cannot get ahold of the author, err on the side of caution and refrain from using their work.
Remember that when the author submitted, they gave permission specifically to creepypasta.com to use their work; they did not give permission to the internet at large. This means that authors are well within their rights take legal action against you if you steal their work and they object to how you’re using it.
The Submission Process
You may submit using the submission form here, but ONLY during an ‘open’ submission period. If the form is not available and we are in a ‘closed’ submission period, any attempts at sending me your pasta will be unilaterally rejected. Continued attempts to submit during a closed period will result in a ban.
I do things this way because I tend to get thousands of submissions during the “open” period, and the “closed” time allows me to make it through all of those submissions at my own pace, without burning myself out completely.
You can always tell which phase we’re currently in by checking the “Submission Status” box on sidebar; I do my best to keep this updated as I progress through the open/closed submission cycle. If there is no ETA listed for when submissions will reopen, that means that it has not yet been decided. Please do not harass me about when submissions will reopen; they will reopen when I am ready and not a minute sooner.
For those of you who are fond of sending me contact requests and asking me to personally inform you when submissions open: this is not realistic. The site sees hundreds of thousands of visitors per month. If I personally catered to every single person who can’t bother to check the submission status themselves, I’d never have time to do anything else!
At the most basic level, I simply accept stories that I like. There’s no secret robot algorithm that automatically blocks certain submissions and accepts others – this website is, at its core, just a curated collection of stories that were sent into me that I found satisfying enough to share.
I do try to give more chances to stories that use unique or novel plotlines, simply because I think we’d all get very bored if the actual output of the site was anything like the submission queue (spoilers: it would be a lot of Jeff the Killer ripoffs, haunted video games, very generic “I am behind you watching you read this” paragraphs, and lazy rewrites of stories that already exist on this very website).
I also do sometimes let a story through even if I’m not 100% crazy about it myself, simply because I think that it will be well-received overall. Most gamingpasta or serial killer stories that end up on the site would actually fall into this category – it’s not particularly my cup of tea, but sometimes people send in such pastas that, I think, still deserve a place on the site.
If you’re interested in what I personally gravitate towards: mythology and folklore, aliens/sci-fi, stories based on historical events/eras/legends, eerie/haunted locations, ancient/lost civilizations, exploration of unknown lands/worlds/oceans, glitches, time travel, alternate realities and dimensions – and yes, when done well, even ritualpasta can really entertain me!
This doesn’t mean that pasta about those topics are 100% guaranteed acceptance, nor does it mean that stories without those elements will always be passed over – however, if you tend to write about any of those subjects, I certainly hope that you’ll consider submitting as it brightens my day when I find one of my favorite types of pasta in the sea of Dexter-lites and Five Night’s at Freddie’s fanfics that so often swamp the queue.
Well, first and foremost, I won’t let through any creepypasta that I find utterly boring, though that is of course a matter of taste.
Some concrete, easily preventable reasons that stories are rejected include:
- A submission that has no formatting whatsoever – if you can’t be bothered to use any punctuation or paragraphs, then I can’t be bothered to read your submission.
- Stories that are written in textspeak or completely mangled with regards to spelling/grammar will not be accepted. If you have one or two misspelled words or grammar errors that don’t get in the way of readability, that’s fine. Similarly, if English is your second language, it’s usually obvious and I will generally be forgiving as long as your story is good and, ultimately, still easy to understand.
- Stories written in languages other than English. I can’t properly assess a story that I do not understand, sorry.
- Due to the SCP wiki’s licensing policy, we do not accept SCP related/inspired stories. If you want to write SCP stories, please visit the SCP Wiki – their site is excellent and should be more than sufficient for SCP fans!
- Plagiarized stories. While *I* may not always catch a stolen story, rest assured that other people will once it goes live. Once I’m provided proof, your story will be toast and you’ll be banned.
- Offensive language. Stories with slurs in them will not be accepted – this includes racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, nationalistic, ethnic, religious, ableist, etc slurs. While this is something that I may miss at times (it’s pretty staggering how many words people have established simply to dehumanize others), readers generally let me know if something slips through that I didn’t catch due to my own ignorance/bias.
Beyond the reasons above, we also tend to reject anything that isn’t actually creepy. I know that lots of people have differing levels of what exactly it takes to scare them, but it’s very rare to find someone who actually finds shock value for the sake of shock value anything more than the transparent refuge of a lazy writer. If your story’s only “creepy” factor comes from INTESTINES EVERYWHERE or AND THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT OF THIS TERRIBLE STORY, expect to be passed over in favor of writers who put in a bit more effort.
We also do not accept submissions that are blatant trolls/attempts to get on crappypasta. There’s a reason that we don’t have a ‘submit to crappypasta’ form, you guys. If it was an actual attempt at a Parodypasta that just failed or needs work, that’s one thing, and we may let that through to Crappypasta. But total fakeposts just get deleted in about two seconds and never see the light of day, so we’d rather you didn’t bother. That kind of thing is what 4chan is for, and you’re more likely to get the kind of attention you’re looking for from them, anyhow. Having your master troll post show up in the queue and then just get deleted without anyone else ever getting to see it is kind of anticlimactic, no?
While there is no outright ban on Jeff the Killer, Slenderman, and the rest of their ilk, it is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that stories featuring them will be accepted. This is because 99% of the submissions that involve “famous Creepypasta characters” tend to be blatant rip-offs and rewrites of the stories that originally spawned said characters. Such stories are fanfiction, not Creepypasta, and even if I did let them through they would NOT be well-received by the community. If someone writes something truly enjoyable and original using these characters, that is fine. However, if your story is just your OC meeting up with Jeff/Slenderman/Jane/whoever else and then falling in love with them or teaming up to ‘become a Creepypasta’ – no. This is not the place for your story, I’m afraid. Write Creepypasta fanfic all you want, just don’t submit it to me.
If I feel that something crosses the line from creepy to legitimately disturbing, I will not post it anywhere. This doesn’t happen very often (thankfully), and is usually relegated to people who send us graphic depictions of abuse (of any kind) with no further plot or moral – when you do this, it appears that you’re treating abuse as entertainment, and that’s not something I condone. If you’re unsure what I mean, here are two examples:
OKAY: Using controversial and upsetting topics to provide strength and motive for a more in-depth story or moral. A good example of this is Never Again, where the abuse the narrator experiences serves a purpose within the story. The pasta has a moral message and does not glorify the abuse or abuser, instead it very clearly condemns both.
NOT OKAY: Submitting a pasta that is a literal and graphic depiction of some kind of abuse without any other elements, moral, or reasoning for including the abuse. When you do this, you are implying that you view the abuse BY ITSELF as something that is entertaining, and that is not okay. These sorts of submissions will be deleted.
Other things to avoid:
- Stories that push harmful/regressive attitudes (if your story is extremely racist or transphobic, for example – it’s one thing if you have a character that may hold shitty opinions since fiction, particularly horror fiction, is not exempt from mirroring some of the worse aspects of the real world, but if I feel the story itself is supporting/pushing said shitty opinions, I probably won’t feel comfortable letting it through because it would make me feel complicit in said shittiness). Can I say shitty one more time?
- Pornography (consider your audience, guys – this isn’t a porn website or adult fanfic archive – explicit sexual content is not what we’re looking for here)
- The aforementioned shock value/graphic abuse; this includes sexual, physical, animal, etc.
- Glamourizing suicide – I know that some media likes to present suicide as some beautiful, tragic end, but I personally find that insensitive, lazy, and offensive to people who actually struggle with suicidal thoughts themselves and/or have lost someone they loved to suicide. This doesn’t mean that suicide can never be utilized within a story, but there’s a big difference between featuring and glamourizing, you know?
Use your brain when you submit: we have never been a shock site, and if your story is graphic and over the line in a way that you’ve never seen published here, that probably means that your submission will not be welcome. If you believe that these rules are too stringent, then you are more than welcome to post your stories elsewhere!
If you are still having trouble discerning the difference between okay and not okay even after all of this, I recommend that you simply refrain from submitting. I will not be doing invidual ‘is ___ okay?’ checks for people who are unable to grasp what I’m talking about here. If you are so morally broken that you legitimately cannot comprehend this section, I probably don’t want to read your submission.
If you submit something really gross and disturbing, I reserve the right to outright block you. This means that any further submissions/emails from you will not reach my inbox, and I won’t bother letting you know that you’ve been blocked. I do not consider it part of my job to be forced to read disgusting submissions, and this is a one-strike-and-you’re-out type of deal. You have been warned.
Please do not submit more then ten pastas during any one “submission open” period. I’m not trying to stifle your creativity with this rule, I simply don’t want any one author to flood the queue when there are so many aspiring pasta writers that deserve equal attention. If you have reached your 10 pasta limit and continue to submit, I will delete the overflow submissions. If you want me to delete something you’ve submitted so that you can submit a different pasta, please use the Contact Us form to let me know. When I reply to confirm that I’ve deleted the pasta you wanted removed from the queue, only then may you proceed with your next submission.
- Multi-part pastas count as one pasta for this rule. Please see further rules on series pastas below.
Poems are absolutely allowed, however, know that I am harder on them as the community seems to dislike seeing poempastas too often. If I find your poem really appealing, I may allow it through anyhow, but poetrypastas need to be very good for this to occur. Do not send in a low-effort poem about scary dolls or Slenderman and then act surprised when it is rejected.
Video pastas and audio pastas are both fine, however please do understand that as the audience for this site is primarily here for written work, video/audio entries tend to see lower activity. As such, I may be slightly harder on this type of submission as there are a lot of readers who will complain about any non-written pasta that I let through (yes, I see you, whining on every single video post even though the site offers you the ability to hide the video pasta tag – smh); for the sake of both my own sanity and the community’s taste, I try to ration these two formats somewhat.
Comics, choose-your-own-adventure, and other unique formats are welcome to try their luck as well.
Do understand that any pastas that involve video, audio, or complicated arrangement/cripting (such as CYOA) will need to be hosted elsewhere; you can submit the link to your story, and if it’s accepted, I will just embed or link to your work rather than host it myself.
There is no set length requirement; however, remember that this is a SHORT STORY website. I will not publish a book for you here. Also, remember that the longer your pasta, the better it needs to be in order to keep my interest during my review; and even if I like it enough to post it, longer pastas tend to get a lot of rude and harsh comments from community members who adopt the “tl;dr” model of commenting. Basically, make sure that your pasta earns its length!
Multi-part pastas and series are accepted, however they are only considered if you submit the entire, completed series at once.
The only exception to this rule is if it’s a series that sprang up organically from a stand-alone pasta; if you initially wrote your pasta intending it to be a one-shot and you were later inspired to continue the story, that’s fine. However, submitting “Blah Blah Part One” all on its own with the caveat “if this gets published, I’ll write more” will earn you an automatic rejection (we even have a category on Crappypasta dedicated to all the people who submit random, unfinished “part one” or “to be continued” pastas with no follow through). This is to prevent readers from having to deal with the annoyance of a bunch of unfinished series. Nothing sucks more as a reader than getting really into an interesting multi-part story, only to have the author abandon it mid-way!
If you would like us to replace your story with edits or take down your story, we will comply ONLY if you submit your request using the same email address that you used when you originally submitted the story. If we cannot confirm that the person requesting the edits is the same person who originally authored/submitted the piece, we will not go through with the edits or takedowns. There have been too many instances of trolls trying to get other people’s stories taken down that we have to require this step, so apologies for the extra hoops, but it’s necessary.
- The preferred way is for you to reply to your acceptance email with the edited version; simply resubmitting will create an entirely new entry in the queue and may not be seen for anywhere from several days to months, depending on the amount of submissions we are receiving.
- Unless your story is VERY short, it’s safest to simply upload your ENTIRE edited pasta to a text hosting website like Pastebin and then send me the link. I’ve had too many experiences with people’s email services “helpfully” truncating long edits, which is completely invisible to me and results in my uploading a fractured version of the pasta to the site. Since there’s absolutely no way for me to know what is intended on your part, I can’t possibly catch this kind of thing on my own, and thus it’s usually only caught when people start replying to the pasta in question with confused comments about why the story makes less sense after an edit. We can completely avoid that risk with the Pastebin tactic; SO PLEASE USE PASTEBIN WHEN SUBMITTING EDITS!
- This should be obvious, but this only applies to people who have had their posts accepted to the main website. If your story was rejected or posted on Crappypasta, you’ll need to wait until an open submission period and resubmit your pasta normally.
If you realize that you made an error in a recent submission, please use the Contact Us form to let me know. Make sure to include the email you submitted with and the title of your story. DO NOT INCLUDE THE REVISED SUBMISSION IN YOUR CONTACT US EMAIL. When you hear back from me and I confirm that your flawed submission has been removed from the queue, only then should you resubmit (using the submission form, not Contact Us) with the corrected pasta.
If you are accepted for the main site, you will receive an email saying so as well as noting the date that your story is scheduled to be posted. Sometimes you’ll be notified the day before (if I’m busy or having trouble finding enough ‘acceptable’ pastas, I sometimes end up scheduling day-to-day), other times you will have a month (possibly more) to wait in between acceptance and when the actual post goes live, so do be prepared for that.
If your story is rejected for both creepypasta or crappypasta (you either checked “no” on the crappypasta option and/or we didn’t see enough potential in your story to merit a crappypasta posting), you will not receive any response from us. I know that this is not ideal, but you can blame all the people who responded to rejection emails with nastiness, trolling, and other obnoxious behavior for this decision. I’ve decided that, for my own sanity, sending out rejection letters is more trouble than it’s worth. This means that if you do not receive any reply by the time that your submission period has been announced as fully processed, you may safely consider your submission rejected.
There is no set turnaround time for submissions – this is simply impossible as each day during an open period may receive vastly varying amounts of submissions; there is then further variance within story length. If you scroll through the site, you’ll see the stories range in “estimated reading time” from under a minute to upwards of two hours – so I hope that you can connect the dots for why this makes it impossible for me to set in stone any benchmarks like “I will read XX pastas per day” or “I will read all submissions from X date by the time that Y date rolls around” – even if I did try to make statements like that, there are too many variables for them to be reliable.
Additionally, I do request that you all keep in mind that I am not a sophisticated AI with no interests, needs, or responsibilities outside of running the site – I’m just as human as any of you, and therefore day-to-day life happens to me as well. I do have some chronic health issues that, when they get particularly rough, can entirely prevent me from tackling the queue. Sometimes I get very busy with other things (work, family, etc) and can only squeeze in an hour or two per day of reading submissions. Other times, the site is DDoSed, plugins break, or other back-end issues crop up that completely monopolize my “managing creepypasta.com” time.
If you require a rigid acceptance/rejection system or instant gratification upon submission, this website is not a good match for you.
Crappypasta is the sister website to Creepypasta; in short, it’s where stories that I feel have a lot of potential yet just aren’t quite ready for prime time are posted in order to receive assessment from the community at large. Stories are only eligible to be placed on Crappypasta if the author explicitly gives permission for me to do so when submitting (it’s a non-required checkbox on the form), so if this doesn’t appeal to you, you do not need to worry about it at all.
If we think that your story has potential but isn’t quite ready for the main site yet AND and you checked “yes” on the crappypasta question, you will receive a message telling you that your story has been uploaded to crappypasta and given a link to your pasta. In order to give the community ample time to read and review each batch of Crappypasta, I do like to leave several days in between my postings so as to give each story its time on the front page. Additionally, sometimes I simply don’t have enough submissions flagged as ‘Crappypasta – To Post’ to merit a full post rotation (in other words, filling the entire front page of Crappypasta) – in most cases, I will wait until I’ve accumulated enough eligible stories before posting them all at once. This means that even if your submission has been read and queued for Crappypasta, it may not be posted immediately, so patience is necessary.
Once again, this is a matter of understanding the fact that I get thousands of submissions each open period and it will take lots of time to get everything read, sorted, and in the case of Crappypasta, tagged and posted. You may feel that it’s taking forever to hear back, but you simply have to be patient and deal with it.
Any rewrites of your story based on the feedback received on Crappypasta should be treated as an entirely new submission. This means that you need to follow the normal submission rules (though a note on your new submission letting me know that it’s a rewrite of a story previously placed on Crappypasta is appreciated if you’d like the ‘Crappypasta Success Story’ tag). If you simply reply to your Crappypasta posting email with an edit, it won’t enter the submission queue and likely will skip my inbox entirely.
The only exception to this is if your story was upvoted enough on Crappypasta to make the jump to Creepypasta – in which case I will contact you to touch base and give you the opportunity to give me a reworked/edited version before porting over your story to the main site.
You may resubmit if you’ve reworked/rewritten your pasta (this applies to rejected pastas, submissions that we haven’t processed yet, and pastas that were posted on Crappypasta) as long as you make sure to use the Contact Us form and let us know that you’ve sent a new version of a previously submitted pasta; otherwise, you run the risk of your submission being deleted if your rewrites aren’t immediately obvious. Please make sure that you tell us the names/emails of all versions of the pasta that you’ve submitted, and most importantly, which version you want us to actually consider for submission! PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU WAIT FOR AN OPEN SUBMISSION PERIOD TO RESUBMIT. Attempting to be sneaky and resubmit via direct email, comments, etc during CLOSED SUBMISSION PERIOD will count as “ignoring the rules” and result in triggering my zero-tolerance policy. If you do this, your submission will be deleted.
Please do not resubmit just because you haven’t received a reply. If you haven’t received a reply, that means that either we haven’t gotten to your pasta yet (I say this over and over and over, but people do not seem to grasp the sheer volume of submissions that need to be read, sorted, and scheduled) or that it was rejected. If we haven’t read it yet or your pasta is marked for Crappypasta and just waiting its turn to be posted, resubmitting has absolutely no point and serves only to clog up the queue. Of course, it should also be obvious that resubmitting the exact same version of a pasta that already got rejected is similarly pointless.
Due to the new structure of the open/closed submission periods,this is no longer necessary and not a service that I offer.
If I have made my “X submission period has been fully processed” announcement post (with ‘X’ being the specific submission period when you sent in your pasta(s). For example if you submitted during the March 2014 submission period, that would make X = March 2014) and you haven’t received any acceptance emails for either site: you were rejected. Please either rework your pasta before re-submitting it or try writing a new one instead!
While I have an awesome team helping with comment moderation, all other site functions are done by yours truly. I will get to your submission as soon as I can. Some days I don’t get to read any submissions; other days I sit around for 6-7 hours just reading your stories. I really do try hard to make sure that all of your entries get read in a timely manner, and I apologize if you feel neglected, but if I were to stop and do status checks for every person who asked, this process would only be slowed down further!
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.
Do not beg for acceptance. You’re not going to be able to talk your way into a rejected story being accepted.
If your pasta was rejected, there was a reason. I know that many of you are younger and may not grasp why I can’t just make one exception and be nice and post your pasta simply because you want me to, but here’s the thing: you are not the only one with that attitude. There are thousands of others who are also begging for “just one exception” – you are not a special snowflake in this regard.
Furthermore, you can pay attention to the comments of any main site pasta rated below 6-7 – if I let through anything even remotely, possibly sub-par, I get attacked just as much as the author. So being picky is necessary, otherwise that tendency the community has to dogpile on me would reach a level that I wouldn’t be able to deal with. This means that when you ask me to make a special exception and post your rejected pasta just because you asked, you’re also asking me to open myself up to getting a lot of very nasty, rude messages. I mean no offense, but you are not worth that frustration. Sorry.
FROM NOW ON, BEGGING FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT WRT SUBMISSIONS IS PART OF MY ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY. IF YOU DO THIS, I WILL BLACKLIST YOU FROM SUBMISSIONS AND CONTACTS AS WELL AS DELETE THE SUBMISSION IN QUESTION (and any others of yours in the queue). DON’T DO THIS.
This also counts for people who demand personalized feedback when their story is rejected: there is simply not enough time for this to be possible. The best option is to check yes on Crappypasta; this way, if I feel your story is close to being acceptable but not quite there, it will get published on our sister site to receive constructive feedback from the community.