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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 Fees4,377 (70.57%)7.87%
Optional Fees203 (3.27%)7.29%
Some Fees227 (3.66%)2.51%
Always Fees1,395 (22.49%)3.37%
Total6,2025.94%

Average fee paid: USD $6.67

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees151 (14.92%)4.69%
Optional Fees4 (0.40%)n/a
Some Fees10 (0.99%)3.16%
Always Fees847 (83.70%)2.51%
Total1,0122.66%

Average fee paid: USD $19.35

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees2,004 (75.28%)7.99%
Optional Fees158 (5.94%)6.60%
Some Fees190 (7.14%)2.54%
Always Fees310 (11.65%)3.42%
Total2,6625.93%

Average fee paid: USD $3.70

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees48 (34.78%)6.49%
Optional Fees1 (0.72%)n/a
Some Fees0 (0.00%)n/a
Always Fees89 (64.49%)6.08%
Total1386.24%

Average fee paid: USD $17.90

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees527 (84.86%)8.65%
Optional Fees35 (5.64%)6.24%
Some Fees27 (4.35%)4.54%
Always Fees32 (5.15%)3.75%
Total6217.58%

Average fee paid: USD $4.19

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day and based on submissions reports for the past 12 months. Last compiled: 28 January 2023 11:02 PM UTC (2 hours, 38 minutes ago).

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve this report, please let us know.