Any of you submitting to literary magazines? How long have you been trying for? Have you ever been accepted? How difficult would it be to get accepted into pic related?
General literary journal/magazine thread I guess.
The bar for entry is low in shit magazines. The highest tier, Tin House, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Granta, etc, are all practically impossible to publish in without an agent. The good university magazines have a 1 - 5% acceptance rate. Look at the pushcart prize rankings (http://cliffordgarstang.com/2015-pushcart-prize-ranking-of-literary-magazines-fiction/) to get an idea of what these are. And don't give me that bullshit about them being homogenous: they're not. Pick up an issue of ninth letter and compare it to the iowa review and compare that to mcsweenys and that tothe hudson review.
It's much easier with an agent, a good MFA, or previous publications that'll get you a second read-through. Also make sure your first paragraph is PERFECT.
Competitions are more of a racket than submissions. You have to pay to be in most of them, and you're most likely just shit if you're not getting published in OK places.
This >>7336945 is a good list but the public doesn't really read anymore.
This is the best how to get published article. Disregard the fact that it's on buzzfeed. The author runs Gargoyle, which is a well known smaller lit mag and has a ton of experience.
One easy method would probably be acquiring a Best American Short Stories anthology and looking up the sources of stories that appeal to you.
If you want to check original lit mags, you could probably browse or pick some up at a good bookstore near a college campus, or else try to acquire them via a library. Try a good university research library, a major metropolitan area's library system, or if those aren't possible, perhaps requesting an Interlibrary Loan from a bigger institution.
Finally, most litmags have websites with a few sample stories or excerpts, that could also be a starting point.