So you want to be published. May I suggest instead that you bash in your skull with a wooden mallet? If that doesn’t cure you from the urge to waste thousands of pointless hours for no reward whatsoever, believe it or not, I get it.
Now that you’ve decided to toil in abject failure among the truly uninspired, the least I can do is steer you in the right direction. Does that make me some kind of sadist? Perhaps. But the one thing I cannot do, ever, is to steer a fellow traveler wrong. Good luck to you.
And remember: Your success is measured in rejection, not acceptance. Anyone can follow a trail. Be a trailblazer instead.
1) $$$ means they charge a submission fee. Your choice.
2) I try updating these links as often as possible, but you may find some outdated. In such case, just copy the name of the mag and Google it. Most these mags do not forward their URLs when they change website addresses.
3) As much as I try to avoid these uninspired little rags, I’ve been in more than a hundred of them. Like you, I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment. Be aware: the credits I’ve racked up being in magazines hasn’t done one thing for my career. But it has given me a few thrills, all the same.