About Duotrope (formerly Duotrope's Digest)
Duotrope is a subscription-based service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points we've gathered on the publishers we list.
We have been honored as one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Also, Preditors & Editors selected us for their Truly Useful Site Award.
What sets us apart from the competition?
There are other resources available to writers, both free and paid. We believe we're the best in the field. Here's why:
- We are established. Duotrope was launched in 2005. Furthermore, our team has many decades of combined experience in both creative writing and publishing.
- We are professional. Duotrope is not a hobby; it's a serious business. We are not interns or volunteers. Our team is highly trained and committed to the work we do.
- We are informative. No other writers' resource has the vast amounts of data on publishers that we have. Also, we apply proprietary algorithms to make sure our statistical reports are as accurate and clean as possible. This helps writers make educated decisions on where to submit.
- We are global. We list English-language publishers in over 40 countries. Also, Duotrope has had subscribers in every US state and territory and in over 70 other countries.
- We are impartial. Duotrope is ad-free. Also, publishers cannot pay us to list or promote their projects. We list any publishing project that meets our criteria.
- We are proactive. We don't wait for information to come to us, like other writers' resources. Instead, we check each active listing's guidelines page for changes at least once a month. In addition to that, we run biannual audits of each listing, and we contact dozens of editors on any given day to make sure our information is still current.
As a result, this makes us the most up-to-date writers' resource around.
Accounts & Subscriptions
How much does an individual subscription cost?
After a 7-day free trial period, subscriptions cost just USD $5 per month, or you can save 16.7% with an annual subscription of USD $50. Gift certificates are also available. (Learn more about subscriptions, payments, and gift certificates.)
Do you have options for groups?
We offer options for groups both large and small: Group Memberships, bulk Gift Certificates, and Duotrope on Campus. We've developed this simple wizard to help you choose the best option for your group.
Do you offer any free services?
We offer new individual subscribers a 7-day free trial. Also, non-subscribers can receive a monthly "Summary" edition of our opt-in email newsletter (learn more). Follow our Twitter feed for ongoing market news.
Market Listings & Statistics
What types of markets do you list?
We list publications and publishers that accept unsolicited, written submissions of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction.
What types of markets don't you list?
At this time, we are not a resource for: translations, graphic narrative, picture books, technical writing, scriptwriting, or journalism.
Also, we only list publishers. Currently, we do not list fellowships, literary agents, or contests that provide a prize without publication. (If you are interested in any of those categories, please let us know.)
Finally, we do not list any market that doesn't meet our listing criteria.
How often are the market listings updated?
We are dedicated to keeping our listings as up to date as possible. We check each of our active listings for changes at least once a month, and we audit them at least twice a year. When someone contacts us with a correction or change, we generally update the listing within one business day.
I noticed an error in a listing. Can you fix it?
Yes! Please let us know about it (use the appropriate "Report" link on the market's listing, found under the cover art) and we'll look into it ASAP.
You don't list x market. Will you add it?
Please let us know about the publication. If it meets our eligibility criteria, we will add a full listing. Otherwise, if you are a subscriber, you can request a DNQ (does not qualify) listing so that you can track any submissions you send to them.
I am an editor. How can I manage my listing?
Only members of our admin team can make changes to our listings. On the listing, look for the "Report" header (below the cover art) for links to report corrections/updates and new cover art. We normally make requested changes within one business day.
Also, we highly recommend that you read our Policies for Editors. It contains valuable information on how we work with editors, our rules for listings, and how to keep our relationship running smoothly.
How accurate are the response statistics?
The response statistics are compiled from reports sent by subscribers of this site. Although we encourage all people who report their submission responses to be as honest and complete as possible, as with all statistics gathered from human reporting, there is a significant margin of error. We do have code in place to throw out obvious outliers, based on response reporting patterns (learn more about our process). Statistics, whether our response statistics or a political poll, should always be looked at with skepticism. That said, we still feel the statistics we compile can be useful to those who understand the nature of statistics, or we wouldn't offer them.
Why don't you list markets that charge fees for publishing?
We only list publishers that follow traditional publication models—those that do not charge for editing services, cover design, or any other aspect of the publishing process. Publishers that are vanity presses, subsidy publishers, or that operate as a cooperative between author and publisher do not qualify for listings with us.
Do you benefit when people use the "Support this Publisher" links?
No, we don't. Using the "Support this Publisher" links benefits the publisher, not us.
Can I link to your site?
Yes! That's one of the nicest things you can do for us. We even provide some link graphics and code snippets here.
What does the future of Duotrope hold?
We have many new features and improvements on our to-do list. We're always looking out for the next great idea. If you'd like to suggest one, just let us know!
Is my personal information private?
Who runs Duotrope?
Duotrope is run by Duotrope LLC (registered in the state of New Mexico). We are a small team ("the Duotroopers") of published writers and former editors. None of us is on the staff or board of directors of any of the publications that we list.
What is a "duotrope"?
"Duotrope" is a word we made up. Since "duo" is the Latin root for "two" and "trope" is from the Greek "to turn," we think of a duotrope as two objects spinning in orbit around each other, such as a writer and an editor. That's just our concept of what a "duotrope" is. Feel free to come up with your own. ("Duotrope" is the registered trademark of Duotrope LLC.)
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