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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 Fees4,321 (70.42%)8.16%
Optional Fees224 (3.65%)6.39%
Some Fees198 (3.23%)2.30%
Always Fees1,393 (22.70%)3.70%
Total6,1366.02%

Average fee paid: USD $6.84

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees135 (13.62%)3.20%
Optional Fees5 (0.50%)n/a
Some Fees11 (1.11%)6.34%
Always Fees840 (84.76%)2.66%
Total9912.76%

Average fee paid: USD $19.70

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees1,954 (75.18%)8.10%
Optional Fees172 (6.62%)5.70%
Some Fees159 (6.12%)2.28%
Always Fees314 (12.08%)4.04%
Total2,5995.92%

Average fee paid: USD $3.79

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees40 (35.71%)7.04%
Optional Fees1 (0.89%)n/a
Some Fees1 (0.89%)n/a
Always Fees70 (62.50%)7.68%
Total1127.57%

Average fee paid: USD $20.56

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees505 (83.89%)8.90%
Optional Fees38 (6.31%)6.84%
Some Fees25 (4.15%)3.89%
Always Fees34 (5.65%)4.02%
Total6027.82%

Average fee paid: USD $4.42

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day and based on submissions reports for the past 12 months. Last compiled: 25 February 2024 1:37 PM UTC (14 hours, 4 minutes ago).

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