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
Calls for Submissions (Facebook group)
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 (June calls)
The Head & The Hand. Genre: Short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry. "Our new Shockwire Chapbook Series recognizes the need to raise the storytelling stakes in response to intimidation, fear, and isolation. We are interested in works of literary and speculative short fiction and creative nonfiction up to 7,500 words in length and collections of between 5 and 10 poems." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Contrary. Genre: Original commentary, fiction, and poetry. Payment: $20. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Onyx Neon Shorts. Genre: Poetry on the theme of American Upheaval. "The world is reacting to a drastic shift in administration—and those reactions are raw, loud, and critical. We want poems that add to the political conversation." Payment: A percentage of the final product based on how many poems are in the collection. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Eternal Haunted Summer. Genre: Original poetry and short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions. Also reviews, interviews, and essays. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Slice. Genres: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Theme is "Borders." Payment: $250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Goblin Fruit. Genre: Poetry that treats mythic, surreal, fantasy and folkloric themes, or approaches other themes in a fantastical way. Payment: $15.00. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Helen: A Literary Journal. Genre: Flash fiction, essays, CNF, poetry focusing on Southern Nevada. Payment:Token to semi-professional. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Corporate Cthulhu is a Lovecraftian horror anthology about the intersection of the Cthulhu Mythos and corporations or other large bureaucracies. Genre: Horror. Payment: 3 cents per word for original, previously unpublished fiction. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Salomé is an online and in-print literary magazine for emerging female writers. Genres: Poetry and fiction. Payment: £50. Deadline: June 9, 2017.
Eye to the Telescope: Garbage. Genre: Poetry that addresses all aspects of garbage in the speculative realm. Payment: US 3¢/word. Deadline: June 15, 2017.
Understorey. Restrictions: Open to writers in Canada who identify as women or non-binary. Genre: Fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction on theme of "Service." Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: June 15, 2017.
Arsenika. Genres: Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), poetry. Payment: $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry. Deadline: June 15, 2017.
Black Rabbit. Genre: Short story, 1,000-1,500 words (that word limit being pretty flexible) "with a literary tone and weird tendencies," poetry. Payment: $25. Deadline: June 21, 2017.
The Puritan. Genres; Essays, Interviews, Fiction, Poetry. Payment: $100 Per Interview, $100 Per Essay, $100 Per Review, $50 Per Work Of Fiction, And $15 Per Poem (OR Page, Capped At $60 For Poems Running Four Pages Or More). Deadline: June 25, 2017.
Chicken Soup for the Soul. Genre: True stories and poems on theme of My Crazy Family! "We do love our families but they can also drive us crazy! It’s fun to read about all those wacky relatives and compare them to our own. These true stories, either serious or hilarious, will touch your heart or make you laugh… or both. They will make you see that other families are not that different from your own, and that when push comes to shove, we all need our crazy families. Please submit using your real name. We will let you use a pen name if necessary when it comes time to publish your story." Payment: $200. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
Alban Lake: The Mad Visions of al-Hazred. Genre: Horror. "About 730 AD, an Arab named Abdul Al-Hazred wrote the Al-Azif, a grimoire and memorial to the Old Ones. For this crime, he was driven insane and eventually devoured by a vengeful god in full view of horrified onlookers. What drove him to write this loathsome tome? What terrible visions haunted him so badly he felt he had to risk his soul to put them down on paper?" Payment: $25. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
The Threepenny Review. Genres: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $200/poem, $400/story. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
The Binge Watching Cure 2. Genre: Horror: Payment: $200 for stories under 5,000 words and $500 for stories 5,000 words and longer. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Accepts reprints.
Ladybug. Genre: Stories and poems for children ages 3 - 6. Theme: Animal Kingdom - "retellings of folktales, creative nonfiction, poems, action rhymes, and proposals for short comics about our scaly, feathered, and furry friends. Send us your lively writing about wild creatures, pets, and animals seen only in your imagination. Our readers like simple yet strong plots, memorable characters, and humor. We prefer short work for young children (stories may be up to 800 words, poetry up to 20 lines)." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
Inklings Perception Anthology: Bullies. Genres: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. This series is focused on helping educators and parents discuss tough topics with children. The theme for this volume is the difficult yet important topic of Bullies. Payment: $20 per story, $3 per poem. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
Downstate Story. Genre: Short stories. Payment: $50. Deadline: June 30, 2017. (Snail mail only.)
EVENT. Genres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $25/page. Deadline: June 30, 2017. (May not be open to submissions by then. Check site for details.)
Manawaker Studio: Starward Tales. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Reinterpretations and retellings of legends, myths, and fairytales. Payment: $3 per accepted poem, $3 per 1k words ($1 minimum.) for accepted fiction ($6 per page for graphic narrative fiction). Deadline: July 1, 2017.
Cafe Irreal. Genre: Magical realist stories. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: July 1, 2017.
Red Room. Genre: Horror - focuses on dark, disturbing, extreme horror and hardcore, dark crime. Payment: 3 cents per word. Word count is flexible, but the maximum payment is $120.00. Deadline: July 1, 2017.
Franklin/Kerr Press: Down with the Fallen Anthology. Genre: Horror, post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes. Payment: $5 per 1,000 words. Deadline: July 21, 2017.
Upper Rubber Boot: Sharp & Sugar Tooth: Women Up To No Good Anthology. Genre: Stories about the dark side of culinary life. "The emphasis should be on the preparation, or the consumption, of food—horrifying, mouth-watering stories that make us hungry despite ourselves." Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
Pantheon. Genre: Fiction and poetry inspired by the god or goddess. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction, $5 for poetry. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
Ladybug. Genre: Stories and poems for children ages 3 - 6. Theme: Our World. "Tell our readers about a cultural tradition you know well or take them to a new place, such as a train station, theater, orange grove, or dam. Investigate an everyday mystery (Where does our food come from?) or open their senses to the natural world. We’re looking for writing attuned to a young child’s interests and capacity for joy and wonder. We accept narrative nonfiction (to 800 words), nonfiction (to 400 words), poetry (to 20 lines), and proposals for short comics." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
Cricket: Animals Behaving Badly. Genre: Children's literature (ages 9 to 14) - "contemporary or historical fiction, retellings of folktales and legends, and nonfiction on the theme of problematic encounters between humans and animals. We welcome humorous stories about troublesome pets, dramatic dealings with wild animals, domestic adventures with backyard pests, warm-hearted friendships with skittish horses—even tales of imaginary animals that exist only in fantasy and legend. Whether you are inspired by stampeding buffalo, beasts from the deep, raccoons in the attic, or foxy tricksters, Cricket wants to see your best story for middle-grade readers (preferably of 1500 to1800 words)." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word, Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum, Activities and recipes: $75.00 flat rate. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
3288 Review. Restrictions: Open to current or former residents of West Michigan, or people who have some significant connection to the West Michigan region. Genres: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Payment: $25 - $50. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
Crannóg. Genres: Poetry, short stories. Payment: €50 per story, €30 per poem. Deadline: July 31, 2017. (Opens July 1)
52 Calls for Submissions in May 2017 - Paying Markets
33 Calls for Submissions in April 2017 - Paying Markets
36 Calls for Submissions in March 2017 - Paying Markets
28 Calls for Submissions in February 2017 - Paying Markets
47 Calls for Submissions in January 2017 - Paying Markets
42 Calls for Submissions: December 2016 - Paying Markets
27 Calls for Submissions in November 2016 - Paying Markets
25 Calls for Submissions in October 2016 - Paying Markets
36 Calls for Submissions in September 2016- Paying Markets
21 Calls for Submissions in August 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.com
11 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