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Duotrope's Submission Fees Report

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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?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees4,311 (70.15%)8.09%
Optional Fees231 (3.76%)6.73%
Some Fees202 (3.29%)2.47%
Always Fees1,401 (22.80%)3.49%
Total6,1456.00%

Average fee paid: USD $6.89

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees135 (13.42%)3.09%
Optional Fees7 (0.70%)n/a
Some Fees14 (1.39%)6.13%
Always Fees850 (84.49%)2.47%
Total1,0062.57%

Average fee paid: USD $19.71

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees1,940 (74.93%)7.96%
Optional Fees175 (6.76%)6.14%
Some Fees161 (6.22%)2.46%
Always Fees313 (12.09%)3.76%
Total2,5895.88%

Average fee paid: USD $3.81

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees41 (37.61%)8.09%
Optional Fees1 (0.92%)n/a
Some Fees1 (0.92%)n/a
Always Fees66 (60.55%)6.59%
Total1096.94%

Average fee paid: USD $20.48

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees504 (83.58%)8.59%
Optional Fees40 (6.63%)7.47%
Some Fees24 (3.98%)2.53%
Always Fees35 (5.80%)5.31%
Total6037.70%

Average fee paid: USD $4.38

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day and based on submissions reports for the past 12 months. Last compiled: 13 April 2024 12:03 AM UTC (11 hours, 56 minutes ago).

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