The Creepypasta Cookoff is an annual event hosted by Bogleech, encouraging readers of the site to create and submit their own works of short horror fiction in various formats. Winning works are published at the top of the archive with a short commentary from Jonathan Wojcik, but all works are published in the yearly archives, which stretch back to 2012. Most works are prose fiction, but some other submissions include poetry, comics, short video and more.
This website provides examples of:
- Abandoned Area: Many examples.
- Artifact of Doom: In one story, an antique journal turns out to be written in a FONT of doom.
- Alluring Anglerfish: Multiple stories over the years, recently including Jenne Kaivo's The Night Light, a short story where childhood fears seem to summon a gulper eel into a family home.
- Author Appeal: As the stories are all written by members of the Bogleech fandom, they tend to cover the same sorts of themes covered on the rest of his site, such as parasitism and sympathetic attitudes toward monsters.
- Beast in the Maze: Uncle Frank.
- Creepy Long Fingers: A detail of the ultimate fate of the narrator's friend in Louisa Francesca.
- Child by Rape: Horrifically used in Cassie Heath's The Chalken Faeries.
- Don't Go in the Woods: Used in, among others, The Rat Dog.
- Eldritch Abomination: Played straight and subverted multiple times every year. In 2016, one winning example was They Don't Have Tentacles, about an artist specializing in illustrations of a Cthulhu Expy who finally sees her in his dreams, learns how her author failed to convey her, and becomes a new vessel for bringing her worship to our world.
- Nature Is Not Nice: Gleefully explored in a number of ways.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Following in the theme of the main Bogleech site.
- Our Ghouls Are Creepier: An interesting example in Feral Dogs.
- Pumpkin Person: Skilevaks is an absolutely unique example, taking its inspiration from an odd Halloween decoration celebrated in Bogleech proper.
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Some of the funniest works also manage to be the spookiest.
- Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: It'll be hard to imagine a form of undead regeneration not depicted in one of these works.
- Sole Survivor: The narrator in The Eldritch Neighbor
- Spiders Are Scary: Almost never played straight. Spiders are generally regarded quite sympathetically.