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 Fees4,372 (72.41 %)6.74 %
Optional Fees105 (1.74 %)4.41 %
Some Fees213 (3.53 %)2.35 %
Always Fees1,348 (22.33 %)2.86 %
Total6,0385.16 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $7.21

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees118 (12.08 %)4.17 %
Optional Fees3 (0.31 %)n/a
Some Fees8 (0.82 %)10.81 %
Always Fees848 (86.80 %)1.97 %
Total9772.14 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $19.16

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees1,934 (78.65 %)6.19 %
Optional Fees89 (3.62 %)4.16 %
Some Fees175 (7.12 %)2.33 %
Always Fees261 (10.61 %)3.04 %
Total2,4594.88 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $3.58

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees38 (31.67 %)8.66 %
Optional Fees1 (0.83 %)n/a
Some Fees0 (0.00 %)n/a
Always Fees81 (67.50 %)3.53 %
Total1204.89 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $15.55

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees536 (90.24 %)8.97 %
Optional Fees14 (2.36 %)7.35 %
Some Fees19 (3.20 %)4.51 %
Always Fees25 (4.21 %)4.61 %
Total5948.25 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $4.33

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day. Last compiled: Sunday, December 15, 2019 1:50:51 AM UTC.

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