I’ve previously paid for Writer’s Market online, but it’s not worth the money. But Duotrope’s Digest is GREAT, and free – you can search for whatever you’re looking for – print journals, electronic journals, paid, not paid, print submissions, e-submissions, your specific genre, etc. There’s a submission tracker too.
Oh, and I got another credit – my story “Everyone’s Abuelo” is in the current issue of the Mississippi Review at http://www.mississippireview.com/ – take a look! E-submissions are SO much nicer than wrestling with envelopes and postage meters.
Just this morning I got the letter – a short short of mine will be published in next year’s Paterson Literary Review! This makes three for me (the other two were Crazyhorse and CALYX Journal), and I only started submitting last June, so it really blows my mind that my stuff is getting such a nice reception. No pay this time, but the exposure’s definitely worth it. Best of luck to all the other writers – the cliche is true, you just have to KEEP WRITING and keep revising.
I shined up some literary short stories I wrote and, after doing some decent market research, sent them to literary magazines. Shockingly, in my first round of submissions, I got accepted and published by a small, but definitely national journal, and paid $100, which was huge for my self-esteem. I’ve now sent out three rounds of submissions and am working on a 4th – and I just had a second story accepted last month! My advice is, revise and edit your best work, skim lots of journals to see who publishes stuff like you write, follow the submission guidelines exactly, and GO FOR IT! Even the rejection letters can make you feel brave, and sometimes they have nice notes on them. Good luck :)