Sometimes I get to be lazy, by writing a post elsewhere and simply linking to it! Twice the exposure, once the work, right? I was asked by the eminent David McDonald, winner of the 2013 Ditmar award for Best New Talent, to contribute a post to his Wednesday Writers column. I decided to compare the submit/$ ratio of a top-notch genre magazine and literary competitions.
I’m going to suggest that you write outside your comfort zone and submit to literary competitions, for fun and profit.
It's only short, so check it out. http://www.davidmcdonaldspage.com/2013/05/wednesday-writers-tom-dullemond/