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?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees4,472 (71.95 %)8.01 %
Optional Fees149 (2.40 %)5.99 %
Some Fees255 (4.10 %)2.18 %
Always Fees1,339 (21.54 %)3.15 %
Total6,2155.92 %

Average fee paid: USD $6.81

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees140 (14.16 %)4.72 %
Optional Fees4 (0.40 %)n/a
Some Fees20 (2.02 %)2.49 %
Always Fees825 (83.42 %)2.38 %
Total9892.51 %

Average fee paid: USD $18.64

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees2,059 (77.41 %)7.86 %
Optional Fees124 (4.66 %)5.20 %
Some Fees196 (7.37 %)2.09 %
Always Fees281 (10.56 %)3.26 %
Total2,6605.76 %

Average fee paid: USD $3.72

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees47 (37.01 %)7.41 %
Optional Fees2 (1.57 %)n/a
Some Fees1 (0.79 %)n/a
Always Fees77 (60.63 %)5.84 %
Total1276.31 %

Average fee paid: USD $16.00

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees564 (88.26 %)8.71 %
Optional Fees20 (3.13 %)5.83 %
Some Fees24 (3.76 %)4.19 %
Always Fees31 (4.85 %)3.98 %
Total6397.81 %

Average fee paid: USD $4.25

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day and based on submissions reports for the past 12 months. Last compiled: 24 January 2021 2:04 AM UTC (13 hours, 41 minutes ago).

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