If you are wondering what publications out there are looking for work currently, here are a few ideas.
The Stinging Fly - not open yet, but you could be getting ready for this one, submissions in June. Takes poetry, fiction, book reviews and essays. See here I've been trying for as long as I've been writing to get a story into this... I will not give up... I will not give up... do you hear...
Wordlegs - seeking submissions for the Autumn 2014 issue, takes poetry, flash and short story. See here
The Irish Literary Review - open to submissions of poetry, flash, and short story. Online journal see details here
The Floor Magazine - a new ezine from Limerick - looking for submissions of poetry, prose, photography, art, essay and journalisitc feature pieces. See here
Number Eleven - short story (3,000 word max.) and flash - open submissions see here
The Weary Blues - poetry, short story (3,000 word max.), visual arts and photography - open submission see here
A New Ulster - seeks submissions of poetry, fiction and art, (adult and child) see here
The Bohemyth - an ezine that publishes poetry, short story (2,000 word max), flash fiction, and photography monthly. It issues on 7th of each month and takes submissions 1st-23rd of the previous month see here
Far Off Places - an ezine based in Edinburgh, next deadline for submissions 30th June 2014. It is seeking prose, poetry and drama based around the theme The Second Breakfast. See here
Spontaneity Magazine - this is a relatively new online arts journal. It relies on writer response to features from past issues, and takes submissions of poetry, prose and visual arts. See submission details here - rolling deadline. Latest issue for inspiration Issue 02.
And for competitions currently taking entries, see our competitions page above. Here are a few ending in May.
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Novella Award 2014 - the first award in what will become a bi-annual literary event. Deadline 23rd May 2014, word count 20,000-40,000, entry fee €15, final judge novelist Jenn Ashworth. For more details see here
Happy writing, and good luck submitting.