There are a lot of questions out there about where to find places that will publish your work. Really, all you’ve got to do is snoop around a little bit and you’ll find a place. But (!) to make your snooping easier, below are wonderful resources for writers looking to publish short stories, poetry, and essays.
These are the links to the literary world! (Sounds a lot cooler that way…)
If you are a sci/fi/fantasy/horror/any-combination of those, then this website is a great resource for genre-specific fiction:
If you wish to one day win an award—or at least get published in a magazine that wins awards, the following is a list of all the magazines that have published stories that have won the pretty prestigious O. Henry award. While the O. Henry is just for short stories, many of these magazines publish other things (read: poetry).
If you are looking for really comprehensive lists of lit magazines—both online and in print, the following four websites are for you:
I highly recommend that you at least browse the website of the magazine you wish to submit to. At the absolute verrrrrry least, read the WRITERS GUIDELINES. If you are a WRITER then the GUIDELINES are for YOU. This is not a trick. If you send something electronically to a magazine that does not have e-mail, then woe betide you.