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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 Fees4,456 (72.08 %)7.79 %
Optional Fees117 (1.89 %)4.28 %
Some Fees253 (4.09 %)2.16 %
Always Fees1,356 (21.93 %)2.97 %
Total6,1825.61 %

Average fee paid: USD $6.94

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees144 (14.15 %)5.86 %
Optional Fees3 (0.29 %)n/a
Some Fees10 (0.98 %)3.02 %
Always Fees861 (84.58 %)2.39 %
Total1,0182.65 %

Average fee paid: USD $18.80

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees2,033 (78.16 %)7.53 %
Optional Fees98 (3.77 %)4.28 %
Some Fees207 (7.96 %)2.10 %
Always Fees263 (10.11 %)2.97 %
Total2,6015.43 %

Average fee paid: USD $3.69

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees43 (35.25 %)10.08 %
Optional Fees0 (0.00 %)n/a
Some Fees0 (0.00 %)n/a
Always Fees79 (64.75 %)4.47 %
Total1226.19 %

Average fee paid: USD $15.79

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees568 (89.31 %)9.30 %
Optional Fees16 (2.52 %)7.46 %
Some Fees23 (3.62 %)3.72 %
Always Fees29 (4.56 %)3.84 %
Total6368.26 %

Average fee paid: USD $4.18

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day and based on submissions reports for the past 12 months. Last compiled: 14 August 2020 5:14 AM UTC (20 hours, 51 minutes ago).

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