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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?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees4,475 (72.31 %)7.94 %
Optional Fees128 (2.07 %)4.32 %
Some Fees246 (3.97 %)2.11 %
Always Fees1,340 (21.65 %)3.14 %
Total6,1895.77 %

Average fee paid: USD $6.81

Literary Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees146 (14.60 %)6.42 %
Optional Fees4 (0.40 %)n/a
Some Fees13 (1.30 %)5.58 %
Always Fees837 (83.70 %)2.35 %
Total1,0002.72 %

Average fee paid: USD $18.72

Literary Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees2,040 (78.07 %)7.79 %
Optional Fees108 (4.13 %)4.31 %
Some Fees193 (7.39 %)2.01 %
Always Fees272 (10.41 %)3.24 %
Total2,6135.66 %

Average fee paid: USD $3.69

Genre Contests

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees45 (37.19 %)9.09 %
Optional Fees1 (0.83 %)n/a
Some Fees0 (0.00 %)n/a
Always Fees75 (61.98 %)4.41 %
Total1215.82 %

Average fee paid: USD $16.51

Genre Journals

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

Fees?CountAvg Acceptance%
Never Fees571 (89.08 %)8.71 %
Optional Fees17 (2.65 %)6.51 %
Some Fees24 (3.74 %)4.23 %
Always Fees29 (4.52 %)3.88 %
Total6417.93 %

Average fee paid: USD $4.22

Note: These statistics are compiled once a day and based on submissions reports for the past 12 months. Last compiled: 30 October 2020 7:23 PM UTC (2 hours, 29 minutes ago).

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