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 Fees4,511 (73.82 %)7.08 %
Some Fees279 (4.57 %)3.07 %
Always Fees1,321 (21.62 %)2.76 %
Total6,1115.49 %

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees143 (12.12 %)6.19 %
Some Fees17 (1.44 %)1.54 %
Always Fees1,020 (86.44 %)2.13 %
Total1,1802.33 %

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees3,420 (80.66 %)6.43 %
Some Fees411 (9.69 %)2.89 %
Always Fees409 (9.65 %)2.72 %
Total4,2405.05 %

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees40 (29.41 %)9.47 %
Some Fees2 (1.47 %)n/a
Always Fees94 (69.12 %)2.61 %
Total1364.95 %

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees561 (89.33 %)9.42 %
Some Fees34 (5.41 %)5.01 %
Always Fees33 (5.25 %)5.41 %
Total6288.53 %
Note: These statistics are compiled once a day. Last compiled: Monday, March 25, 2019 12:20:12 PM UTC.

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