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The Portland Drab

The Portland Drab is looking for ominous tabloid fiction that highlights the strange underbelly of Portland, Oregon.


Here at the Drab, we love online magazines with a horror/sci-fi bent. We wanted to create a space for one of our favorite sub-genres of speculative fiction: tabloid. In the spirit of keeping Portland weird, we've dedicated the Drab to one of our favorite cities in the Pacific Northwest.


We're looking for flash fiction written from a journalist perspective. The Drab, after all, is a source of news for all things cryptic, paranormal, strange, weird, and creepy. Stories must be about Portland Oregon or the surrounding area. Authors do not have to be from Portland, however your submissions should evoke a strong sense of place, so familiarity with our town is beneficial.

Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy tabloid news

Think Welcome to Night Vale meets Weekly World News meets Portland, Oregon.

The tone should be eerie, spooky, but most importantly fun. Our city is visited by Bigfoot, cryptids, time travelers, ghosts, vampires, and plenty of other things yet-to-be-described. Have fun with it.

A mixture of storytelling and reporting. "Vampire spotted in Portland" isn't nearly as compelling as an interview with a blue-collar vampire that drives Lyft at nights and is struggling to stay sober...

Strong sense of characters and/or plot

Strong references to Portland locale: landmarks, streets, neighborhoods, parks, etc.

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
0 to 1000 words

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No
Reprints/Originals?: Originals Only
Translations: Original Language Only
Estimated Response: 28 days

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Listing added: 17 June 2022

Last officially checked: 17 June 2022

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