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 Fees4,382 (72.48 %)6.72 %
Optional Fees104 (1.72 %)4.26 %
Some Fees219 (3.62 %)2.40 %
Always Fees1,341 (22.18 %)2.78 %
Total6,0465.12 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $7.18

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees121 (12.37 %)4.51 %
Optional Fees3 (0.31 %)n/a
Some Fees8 (0.82 %)10.81 %
Always Fees846 (86.50 %)2.05 %
Total9782.24 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $18.99

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees1,947 (78.73 %)6.16 %
Optional Fees88 (3.56 %)3.99 %
Some Fees179 (7.24 %)2.39 %
Always Fees259 (10.47 %)2.91 %
Total2,4734.83 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $3.58

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees40 (32.00 %)7.88 %
Optional Fees1 (0.80 %)n/a
Some Fees0 (0.00 %)n/a
Always Fees84 (67.20 %)3.53 %
Total1254.70 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $15.74

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees537 (90.10 %)9.16 %
Optional Fees15 (2.52 %)6.68 %
Some Fees20 (3.36 %)4.70 %
Always Fees24 (4.03 %)4.01 %
Total5968.32 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $4.30

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day. Last compiled: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:47:40 AM UTC.

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