Sometimes finding the right home for my short stories takes years. I read lots of magazines and study writer's markets' online and in journals. But there is a lot of luck involved. Your story has to connect with the editor.
My story 'Dear One' was written five years ago when I lived in Connecticut. Last year I dusted it off and took it to my writer's group. My friend Maggie encouraged me to send it somewhere. At about the same time someone in the Short Fiction Mystery Yahoo Group mentioned the online journal, Breath and Shadow.
Chris Kuell, the acting editor, who gave me a contract for this story lives in Connecticut. Not just anywhere in Connecticut either, he lives in Danbury not far from where our house was. So I call this the story that truly went home. You can read the story at http://www.abilitymaine.org/breath/