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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 Fees4,297 (70.26%)8.10%
Optional Fees243 (3.97%)6.99%
Some Fees194 (3.17%)2.46%
Always Fees1,382 (22.60%)3.16%
Total6,1165.94%

Average fee paid: USD $6.84

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees133 (13.34%)2.95%
Optional Fees5 (0.50%)n/a
Some Fees15 (1.50%)3.85%
Always Fees844 (84.65%)2.42%
Total9972.49%

Average fee paid: USD $19.84

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees1,934 (74.87%)7.96%
Optional Fees184 (7.12%)6.50%
Some Fees158 (6.12%)2.48%
Always Fees307 (11.89%)3.33%
Total2,5835.82%

Average fee paid: USD $3.80

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees41 (35.96%)9.67%
Optional Fees1 (0.88%)n/a
Some Fees1 (0.88%)n/a
Always Fees71 (62.28%)4.63%
Total1146.26%

Average fee paid: USD $20.05

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees500 (83.61%)8.95%
Optional Fees44 (7.36%)7.20%
Some Fees19 (3.18%)3.51%
Always Fees35 (5.85%)4.41%
Total5987.90%

Average fee paid: USD $4.35

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day and based on submissions reports for the past 12 months. Last compiled: 19 July 2024 10:31 PM UTC (13 hours, 33 minutes ago).

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