In the States there are many magazines that print stories, and many Creative Writing students/teachers trying to appear in them. UK authors might as well give it a go, but it can be hard knowing where to begin. If you've had a few stories published, you may as well aim high. Literary Markets suggests a magazine ranking. The Rankings will show you how magazines fared in recent Best American Short Stories anthologies, Pushcart etc.
Many magazines don't accept submissions during summer. Word limits tend to be longer than in the UK. Submission procedures vary. Here are the details for a few magazines that I like reading.
- Submission online (payment) - New England Review is one of the magazines that charges for submissions. They and PloughShares charge $3 - cheaper than posting, and cheaper than Narrative Magazine's usual online fee ($22).
- Submission online (free) - Triquarterly, McSweeneys and Tin House are worth a try.
- Post - The Southern Review, Conjunctions, and Alaska Quarterly Review don't yet accept online submissions.