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 Publication Listings

Criteria: All active listings

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees4,593 (75.65 %)6.76 %
Some Fees242 (3.99 %)3.23 %
Always Fees1,236 (20.36 %)2.85 %
Total6,0715.52 %

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees133 (11.62 %)5.01 %
Some Fees14 (1.22 %)5.00 %
Always Fees998 (87.16 %)2.48 %
Total1,1452.59 %

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees3,495 (83.31 %)6.14 %
Some Fees345 (8.22 %)2.90 %
Always Fees355 (8.46 %)2.73 %
Total4,1955.03 %

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees39 (29.10 %)9.33 %
Some Fees1 (0.75 %)n/a
Always Fees94 (70.15 %)4.69 %
Total1345.78 %

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees589 (91.04 %)9.48 %
Some Fees31 (4.79 %)5.40 %
Always Fees27 (4.17 %)8.76 %
Total6478.94 %
Note: These statistics are compiled once a day.

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