It's time for our FIFTH annual horror write-off! With more than 800 tales of the bizarre and ghastly accumulated since we began this tradition, I always expect some sort of drop-off in the volume or originality of entries, but every year, you all just keep amazing me with not only how much you come up with, but the weird directions you take it. Whether you're old or new to this, be sure you read the following thoroughly, since we do change up some guidelines every year!


From now until DECEMBER 31, 2016, we're accepting YOUR original horror or just plain bizarre fiction. As long as they're your own original content, you can submit as many as you like, in any format, any style!

EVERYTHING COUNTS. While there are purists out there with their strict definitions of "creepypasta," we use the term more for the catchy title than anything else. We don't care if your story is written like a blog post, like a diary, like song lyrics or a straightforward novella, nor does it matter whether you tell your story in the form of text, audio, video, artwork or any combination thereof!

THE ONLY SOLID RULE is that your uncanny tale must be entirely your own, and shouldn't be something you've already published or posted on the web before!

THERE WILL BE WINNERS! It's incredibly difficult for me to pick favorites, but I'll run submissions through a super-secret panel of judges to help me narrow them down. A selection of people will win a shirt of their choice, and a top spot in this year's list with my personal review and thoughts!


This year, my wife has perfected a simple, easy submission form we can use to generate your final, formatted story with a click! Just enter your details, paste your story into it and you're good to go! SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW TECHNICALLY CLOSED UNTIL NEXT YEAR! THANKS EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING!

IF FOR WHATEVER REASON YOU CANNOT USE THE FORM, such as browser issues or a non-text entry submission, you can send direct to!

IF YOU SUBMIT, LEAVE A COMMENT - since I'm no longer using my email inbox as the main submission method, you'll need to comment on this page if you want confirmation that your story was received!


NO EXPERIENCE? NO PROBLEM! Many of the greatest online horror tales, such as Candle Cove, even include deliberately unrefined grammar and spelling for a more realistic feel. Even if that's not what you're going for, it's the story that really counts; don't stress over whether you can write like a "pro" or not! Many of our winners have been first-time writers!

GO FOR WEIRD! Everyone's seen zombies, demons, serial killers, poltergeist hauntings, slendermen, cursed video games, evil lost episodes and tentacled cthulhus out the wazoo by now, so try to find subject matter you either haven't seen before or can give an unusual new spin.

INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE. Read up on real-world parasites, deep-sea organisms and rare diseases. Think back to the odd things that inexplicably scared you as a child. Recall your most abstract nightmares. Pick something out of the room and try to imagine what unnatural thing it could do to creep you out. We've had amazing entries about inflatable Christmas decorations, pop-eyed goldfish, papercraft and cornfields. Anything can become monstrous!

DON'T OVER-EXPLAIN! Elements of the mysterious and unknown are what make many horror scenarios work so well. We don't always need to hear about the grisly murders and demonic cults behind a monster, and oftentimes it only weighs down a story with details that spoil the fun!


BROWSE THE EXISTING STORIES! There's no better way to get in the right spooky mindset! Don't just look at the "winners" and "runners up"...dozens of my top favorites still couldn't make those for reasons of sheer time and space!

CANDLE COVE - One of the internet's most beloved horror stories for a good reason. It's strange, it's original, and it leaves the reader scratching their head in the best possible way.

THE SCP FOUNDATION - an online fiction phenomenon packed with nightmare entities, abstract artifacts, preposterous oddities and things that virtually (or in same cases very literally) defy description.

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER - a classic I'm now hosting on-site, The Yellow Wallpaper turns something very mundane into something very unsettling and has inspired authors for generations!