If you have a completed story, essay, poem, or piece of creative nonfiction, these are good opportunities. A journal is more likely to publish what you submit if they are looking for it.
These are all my posts that list calls for submissions. They are arranged in descending order, with the most recent posts first. All are paying markets.
Even if the deadlines on the older calls have passed, it is worth looking at them as most journals will be open to submissions periodically. If you find a journal that is a good fit for your writing, you can submit during their next reading period.
Here are some good sites to check for submission calls.
Poets & Writers
Cathy's Comps and Calls
Places for Writers
The Poetry Kit
Funds for Writers
217 Paying Markets for Short Stories, Poetry, Nonfiction
36 Paying Markets for Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions
163 Literary Magazines Accepting Reprints
Here is a spreadsheet with 300 places to submit - both paid and unpaid
UPCOMING (May calls)
Nonbinary Review. Genres: Poetry, fiction, essays and art. "We are open to submissions which relate to the urban legends, rumors, and suspicious stories reported on Snopes.com. We’re looking for stories in which the urban legends might be made more plausible, explorations of the nature of urban legends and their origins, etc. EACH SUBMISSION MUST CONTAIN A LINK TO A SPECIFIC SNOPES ARTICLE." Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 per poem and $25 per piece of visual art. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
Carte Blanche. Genres: Fiction, poetry, CNF, art, photography. Payment: Modest. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
Weasel Press. Genre: Short story on theme of Hitchhiking. ‘Hitchhiking is the art of traveling through getting free rides from folks. You stick out your thumb and gamble on if you’ll make it to the next stop or if you’re walking further than you had planned. Passing Through is seeking short stories with anthropomorphic characters on the road. Cash, Grass, or Ass, give us your best hitchhiking tales! Stories must contain anthropomorphic animals (humanized animals). This is a furry anthology, keep this in mind when submitting." Payment: ½ cent per word. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
Mythic Delirium. Genres: Fiction and poetry that ranges through science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial and cross-genre territory. Payment: 2 cents/word on publication for stories, $5 for poetry. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
Skirt! The Summer Lovin’ Issue. Genre: Essay on theme: All things summer! From bugs to backpacking. Payment: $200. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
Bennington Review. Genre: Prose and poetry. Payment: $100-$200 for prose, $20 per poem. Deadline: May 15, 2017.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Genre: True stories and poems.
"We all have a tendency to get in a rut. We start to say no to new things, and that can only lead to a narrower and narrower life. When we try new things, we end up feeling energized and pleased with ourselves. There is tremendous power in saying “yes” to new things, new places, and new experiences. It makes you feel more dynamic, younger, and more of a participant in the world. You’re not distancing yourself from change any more. Start now!" Payment: $200. Deadline: May 15, 2017.
Alaska Quarterly Review. Genre: Fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. Payment: $50-$200 for prose; $10-$50 for poetry. Deadline: May 15, 2017.
Lamplight. Genre: Dark fiction. Length: Up to 7,000 words. Payment: 3 cents per word. Deadline: May 16, 2017. Reprints accepted at 1 cent per word.
Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives, Making a Difference – The Novella Project V. Genre: Novella that focuses on people who have effected a change in the world. Insights from the lives of others – real and imagined, personal, political, scientific, cultural – are the key to empathy and understanding. Payment: Negotiated, depending on length. Deadline: May 22, 2017.
Cricket. Genres: YA Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction on theme of Puppets & Dolls. Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word, Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: May 22, 2017.
Kweli Journal. "Kweli is the first online journal of its kind to celebrate community and cultural kinships. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean." Genre: Self-contained novel excerpt, short story, or creative non-fiction piece, poetry. Length: No more than 7,000 words. Payment: "upon publication." Deadline: May 30, 2017.
Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. Genre: Fairy tale on theme of "Donkeyskin." Length: 700 - 3,000 words. Payment: Story $30, Poem $10. US dollars only. Deadline: May 30, 2017
New England Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $20 per page. Deadline: May 31, 2017. (Charges a small fee to submit.)
One Story. Genre: Fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Baltimore Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $40 per piece. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Gettysburg Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction and essays. Payment: $15 per page (prose), $2 per line (poetry). Deadline: May 31, 2017. (Charges a small fee to submit online.)
Vestal Review. Genre: Flash fiction. Payment: 3 to 10 cents per word. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Nashville Review. Genres: Poetry, songs, fiction, novel excerpts, nonfiction up to 8,000 words. Payment: $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
One Story. Genre: Literary Fiction. Length: Between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Contemporary Verse 2. Genre: Poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. Length: Varies. Payment: Poetry: $30 per poem; Interviews: $50-$100, depending upon length; Articles: $50-$100, depending upon length; Essays: $40-$150, depending upon length; Reviews: $20-$75, depending upon length. Deadline: May 31, 2017. No simultaneous submissions.
Arc magazine. Genre: Poetry (modern style), book reviews, and poetry-themed essays. Payment: $40/page and one copy. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
The Gettysburg Review. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays. Payment: $2.00 per line for poetry and $15 per printed page for prose. Published authors also receive a copy of the issue containing their work and a one-year subscription. Deadline: May 31, 2017. (Charges small fee for online submissions. No fee for snail mail.)
Agni. Genre: Poetry, short stories, essays, stand-alone novel excerpts. Payment: $20 per page for prose and $40 per page for poetry, with a $300 maximum. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Grain Magazine. Genre: Poetry, short stories, literary non-fiction, Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus 3 copies of the issue. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Haunted Waters Press. "We welcome both the profound and the quirky. We are open to most styles and genres of fiction including speculative, dark, experimental, and literary. We love flash fiction of any word count as long as it tells a complete story. We enjoy all forms of poetry including experimental, rhyming, free verse, and invented form. While we welcome deep, meaningful poetry, we also enjoy works that are witty, peculiar, or offbeat. As a general rule, we do not accept erotica. Horror only upon request. Profanity and violence, if used, must be integral to the story." Payment: $.01 - $.04/word. Deadline: May 31, 2017. (May is a free open reading period.)
ZYZZYVA. Payment: Token to semi-pro. Deadline: May 31, 2017. Snail mail submissions only.
Chicken Soup for the Soul. Positively Happy! 101 Stories about Positive Thinking and Living a Happy Life. Genre: True stories and poems."Being happy is a state of mind. We can all find happiness in our lives and, even though we may have to look for it, we know that each day brings something to be grateful for. We want to hear your stories about finding your path to contentment. These success stories can be serious or funny and should inspire our readers to focus on hope, strength and optimism. How did you think positive and find happiness? Was it something as simple as an attitude adjustment? Did you make a major change in the handling of your daily life? How did you find purpose, passion and joy in your life and how do you stay positive? How do you use gratitude to be happier?" Payment: $200. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Nashville Review. "Nashville Review seeks to publish the best work we can get our hands on, period. From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle—if it’s a moving work of art, we want it." Genre: Short stories and poems. Payment: $100/story, $25/poem. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Antioch Review. Genre: Nonfiction articles and some fiction geared to an educated audience. Payment: $20/page. Deadline: May 31, 2017. Snail mail submissions only.
The Baltimore Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. Payment: $40 Amazon gift certificate. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Chiral Mad 4. Genre: Horror, speculative (dark). Collaborate writing anthology. Payment: $.06 per word. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
33 Calls for Submissions in April 2017 - Paying Markets
28 Calls for Submissions in February 2017 - Paying Markets
47 Calls for Submissions in January 2017 - Paying Markets
27 Calls for Submissions in November 2016 - Paying Markets
36 Calls for Submissions in September 2016- Paying Markets
24 Calls for Submissions in July 2016 - Paying Markets
26 Calls for Submissions in June 2016 - Paying Markets
36 Calls for Submissions in May 2016 - Paying Markets
18 Calls for Submissions in April 2016 - Paying Markets
24 Calls for Submissions in March 2016 - Paying Markets
29 Calls for Submissions: February 2016 - Paying Markets
13 Calls for Submissions: January 2016 - Speculative fiction, poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, children's lit
15 Calls for Submissions: December 2015- Paying Markets
HarperOne Accepts Unagented Manuscripts for Digital-First Fiction Imprint
HarperLegend will publish visionary fiction from new voices that communicates wisdom, insight, and/or personal growth with an overarching theme of transformation. Submissions accepted online via www.HarperLegend.com11 Calls for Submissions in November 2015 - Paying Markets
11 Calls for Submissions in October - Speculative fiction, poetry, literary fiction, nonfiction
13 Calls for Submissions in September - Horror, Sci-fi, Personal Essays and more
6 Calls for Submissions: Speculative Fiction, Essays, Poetry - August 31 Deadlines
10 Calls for Submissions: Anthologies, June - Aug 2015: Science fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, General Fiction, Poetry
Calls for Submissions - June & July: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
Calls for Submissions - Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Erotica, Fiction, Nonfiction
Calls for Submissions - Speculative Fiction Anthologies
Calls for Submissions: Speculative Fiction and Fantasy