Duotrope's Fee Status 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 Listings

Criteria: All active listings

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees4,665 (76.25 %)6.79 %
Some Fees233 (3.81 %)3.54 %
Always Fees1,220 (19.94 %)2.91 %
Total6,1185.65 %

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees133 (11.96 %)6.24 %
Some Fees14 (1.26 %)6.73 %
Always Fees965 (86.78 %)2.35 %
Total1,1122.55 %

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees3,513 (83.56 %)6.05 %
Some Fees330 (7.85 %)3.23 %
Always Fees361 (8.59 %)2.86 %
Total4,2045.11 %

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees34 (26.56 %)9.95 %
Some Fees1 (0.78 %)n/a
Always Fees93 (72.66 %)4.33 %
Total1285.79 %

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees613 (91.77 %)9.61 %
Some Fees30 (4.49 %)6.70 %
Always Fees25 (3.74 %)8.63 %
Total6689.25 %
Note: These statistics are compiled once a day.

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