Submissions Re-Opened & The March/April Open Period Has Been Extended – UPDATED 4/14

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πŸ“… Published on March 20, 2014

"Submissions Re-Opened & The March/April Open Period Has Been Extended - UPDATED 4/14"

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The backlog has been fully processed. If you did not receive a reply and you checked ‘yes’ on Crappypasta, it’s likely that one of the following things occured:

    1. You entered your email address incorrectly/your email account was full when I tried to email you and let you know of your submission status. Please do a search with some text from your pasta to see if it was uploaded to either site before you resubmit. The search bar is at the top of the sidebar.
    2. Your pasta was deemed over the line and rejected entirely. To play it safe: if your story involved abuse of any kind, pornographic content, racist/homophobic/sexist themes and language, obvious trolls or attempts at targeting myself or another community member, or anything else that we cover in the FAQ as possibly overstepping the bounds of what I’m willing to consider, DO ME A GREAT FAVOR AND DO NOT RESUBMIT THAT STORY. I don’t know if it was something in the water or just part and parcel with the bigger than usual submission count, but I estimate that about 300 submissions fell into this category during the last period.
    3. Your story simply didn’t go through for whatever reason. If I don’t actually receive the story, there’s nothing that I can do.

It was pointed out to me that it was somewhat unfair to do a massive Crappypasta posting spree with all ~600 stories posted within a few days – doing so would basically ensure that some of the stories were completely overlooked by the community as they got buried in the sheer volume of posts. To get around this issue, I tried to leave a day or two in between each batch. To make amends for the longer processing time that this tactic created, I’ve extended the open period once again – you now have until April 30th to submit your pastas.

There will be a ‘rest period’ of several days on Crappypasta to let people catch up on the massive number of stories looking for feedback.

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Okay, guys, submissions have been re-opened!

Before you submit ANYTHING, please check out this recent announcement – I’ve overhauled the rules regarding Crappypasta, so you should probably check that out if you were planning on checking ‘yes’ on the Crappypasta question. The FAQ has also been updated to reflect said changes.

If you are submitting a last-minute parodypasta, IT MUST BE SENT IN BEFORE MARCH 31ST IF YOU WANT IT CONSIDERED FOR THIS YEAR’S APRIL FOOL’S DAY MASS PARODYPASTA POSTING. On March 31, I’ll be checking all the new submissions tagged as ‘Parodypasta’ to see if I want to use any stragglers, so make sure that you use the Parodypasta tag if it’s relevant. Anyone using the Parodypasta tag on a non-Parody story to try and exploit this and get me to read their story earlier will just earn themselves an automatic rejection, so don’t try to be sneaky!

One thing to note here: because my internet connection has been very prone to crapping out on me this past week, I didn’t manage to get all the queued Crappypastas unloaded before March 20th. Rather than send out ~600 emails telling people that they were queued for Crappypasta (that would just be asking for carpal tunnel), I’m just going to mass post all the backed up Crappypastas over the next week – I’ll update this post and the sidebar status when I’m all finished. I feel like I’m forever behind on Crappypasta posting, I know, but the new rules should alleviate that for the future.

Because of this, I’m extending the submission period until April 20th 30th, just to let the people with delayed Crappypasta postings have a bit more wiggle room if they were trying to rewrite and resubmit within this period. Of course, there’s no rush – there will be many more open submission periods after this one – but I felt it was only fair.

That’s really all I have to say. Barring any misfiles or changes of heart as I go through the stories in my ‘To Post on Crappypasta’ folder, all accepted pastas have been replied to and scheduled. If you have not yet received a response, you were either part of the rejected/no on Crappypasta crowd or you’re in the Crappypasta queue. By now you should know that this means not to resubmit until you’ve rewritten your pasta (or are submitting an entirely new pasta), since resubmitting the exact same story that earned a rejection previously is utterly pointless. Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, and all that.

Thanks for your patience and I look forward to seeing what everyone has been working on for the past few months!

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