Every quarter there is a contest you should be submitting to--if you're not already a published author.
That's the Writers of the Future contest.
As we speak, you have a little over a week (December 31st) to get your next submission entered. What in the world are you waiting for?
Here'a hint too: check out last year's edition: Volume 29 (hint: I gave it a 5-star review!)
So check out the contest rules and if you quality, consider submitting to the Writers of the Future contest.
Who knows, you just might win.