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
UPCOMING (February calls)
The Southern Review. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $25 per page. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
The First Line. Genre: Story beginning with the line: "Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay the rent." Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work. Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Skirt! Genre: Essay on theme: Stories about traveling, wandering, the wonder of our great big world’ - women's interests. Payment: $200. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Literary e-clectic. Genre: Speculative Fiction. Theme: The Record Payment: $50 upon publication plus contributor copy. Deadline: February 28, 2017.
Strange Constellations. Genre: Speculative Fiction. Payment: $30. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Reprints accepted.
Triangulation Anthology. Genre: Speculative Fiction. This year’s theme: “Appetites.” Payment: $120. Deadline: February 28, 2017.
Upstreet. Genres: Fiction, CNF. Payment: $50-$150 per work. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Contrary Magazine. Genres: Fiction and poetry. Payment: $20 per author. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
The Cincinnati Review. Genres: Prose and poetry. Payment: $25 per page (prose), $30 per page (poetry). Deadline: March 15, 2017.
Supposed Crimes Publishers: Fairy Tales: A Speculative Anthology. Genre: "We are looking for stories that feature lesbian or bisexual heroines across a variety of genres, including thriller, paranormal, mystery, military, western, fantasy, and science fiction. Sexual content is not a requirement, but a compelling emotional connection between women should be a primary focus." Payment: $30 per story. Deadline: March 15, 2017. ?
Understorey Magazine (CAN): Issue 10: Youth on Power. Restrictions: Open to writers and artists age 12-21 who live in Canada and identify as female or non-binary. Genres: Fiction, essay, poetry. Theme is Power. Payment: $30-$60 per piece. Deadline: March 31, 2017.
Orford Parish Books. Genre: Fiction wanted for New England folk horror anthology (worldwide). Payment: $75 per story. Deadline: April 1, 2017. (?)
West Branch. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $50 per poem, 5 cents per word for prose. Deadline: April 1, 2017.
Confrontation Magazine. Genres: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction (worldwide). Payment: $175-$250 for fiction, $75-$100 per work for poetry. Deadline: April 15, 2017.
Southern Indiana Review. Genres: Fiction, CNF, poetry. Payment: $50-$100 per piece. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
One Story. Genre: Fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
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