Duotrope's Submission Fees Report

Are submission fees worth it, or should you save your money?

There's been a lot of discussion lately about the state of submission fees in the literary world. We hope these figures shine some light on the situation. You can use the reports below to see the overall fee ratios, along with the average acceptance ratios by category, and compare "literary" versus "genre" publications.

All Active Publication Listings

Criteria: All active listings

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees4,461 (73.49 %)7.01 %
Some Fees*295 (4.86 %)2.93 %
Always Fees*1,314 (21.65 %)2.79 %
Total6,0705.36 %

* Average Fee Charged: USD $7.21

Literary Contests

Criteria: Active listings with Type: Contest, Style: Literary, Genre: General

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees135 (11.65 %)6.17 %
Some Fees*18 (1.55 %)2.69 %
Always Fees*1,006 (86.80 %)2.07 %
Total1,1592.28 %

* Average Fee Charged: USD $18.76

Literary Journals

Criteria: Active listings with Type: Journal, Style: Literary, Genre: General

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees3,361 (79.64 %)6.35 %
Some Fees*437 (10.36 %)2.78 %
Always Fees*422 (10.00 %)2.78 %
Total4,2204.91 %

* Average Fee Charged: USD $3.47

Genre Contests

Criteria: Active listings with Type: Contest, Style: Any, Genre: Any except General

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees41 (32.03 %)9.16 %
Some Fees*2 (1.56 %)n/a
Always Fees*85 (66.41 %)3.06 %
Total1285.21 %

* Average Fee Charged: USD $14.87

Genre Journals

Criteria: Active listings with Type: Journal, Style: Any, Genre: Any except General

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees555 (89.52 %)9.23 %
Some Fees*33 (5.32 %)4.52 %
Always Fees*32 (5.16 %)5.66 %
Total6208.24 %

* Average Fee Charged: USD $4.82

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day. Last compiled: Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:57:27 PM UTC.

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