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The Drabblecast


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The Drabblecast is an award-winning online speculative fiction magazine and podcast that publishes “Strange Stories for Strange Listeners,” often also classified as “Weird Fiction.” Loosely, this encompasses any and all genres, but largely centers around those of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and anything in between or off the beaten path. Our singular focus is off-beat, funny, eclecticism in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2007

Publication Medium & Frequency

Audio Publication Audio PublicationPublished 52 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

There’s something specific we are looking for – that weird idea you have, that hilarious or disturbing scenario you’ve been brooding over. We like stories that are humorous, bizarre, gross, disturbing, badass, interesting and original.


Open to a broad Audience.

Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Bizarro, Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Bizarro, Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Bizarro, Cross-Genre, Weird/New Weird.
Flash Fiction Flash FictionExactly 100 words.
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 4,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Absurdist, Humorous, Mainstream.


Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (May vary).


No monetary payment to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pays occasionally, up to Professional payment. Details: USD $0.06/word with a cap of $300 for over 500 words, $0.03/word for reprints over 500 words.


Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

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The Drabblecast Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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AccuracyWe have received 78 reports from 65 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported4 min | 105.3 mean avg | 95.5 median | 224 max days (59.6 std dev)
Responses83.34 %
Acceptances3.85 % of submissions accepted (130.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 4.62 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections79.49 % (109.9 avg. days per rejection) | 8.1 % personal, 77.4 % form, 14.5 % unspecified | 6.4 % shortlisted
Non-Responses16.67 %
Never Responded6.41 % (151.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals10.26 % (31.6 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending26 responses are pending (54 min | 88.5 mean avg | 66.0 median | 351 max days waiting | 77.4 std dev) from 26 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 90 days. (52.6 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 90 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 90 days have passed.
Submissions are acknowledged within 38 days on average.
Most recent response reported was received on 17 Jun 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 14 Apr 2024.

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Last Updated: 05 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 27 Mar 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 06 Jul 2007

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