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 Fees4,411 (72.73 %)6.80 %
Optional Fees101 (1.67 %)4.32 %
Some Fees207 (3.41 %)2.37 %
Always Fees1,346 (22.19 %)2.92 %
Total6,0655.24 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $7.29

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees114 (11.60 %)5.12 %
Optional Fees2 (0.20 %)9.68 %
Some Fees8 (0.81 %)1.69 %
Always Fees859 (87.39 %)2.07 %
Total9832.25 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $18.89

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees1,951 (79.12 %)6.28 %
Optional Fees90 (3.65 %)4.06 %
Some Fees169 (6.85 %)2.34 %
Always Fees256 (10.38 %)3.04 %
Total2,4664.96 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $3.59

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees40 (32.00 %)7.02 %
Optional Fees1 (0.80 %)n/a
Some Fees0 (0.00 %)n/a
Always Fees84 (67.20 %)4.62 %
Total1255.24 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $15.38

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAverage Acceptance%
Never Fees542 (90.18 %)8.77 %
Optional Fees16 (2.66 %)6.15 %
Some Fees16 (2.66 %)6.14 %
Always Fees27 (4.49 %)4.04 %
Total6018.15 %

Average Fee Charged: USD $4.37

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day. Last compiled: Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:42:58 PM UTC.

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