Because getting a novel published is extremely difficult, we should always be looking for ways to make us stand out from others. One way of doing this is getting some kind of publishing credits to our name.
That's why I am always on the look out for submissions to anthologies. They are easier to break into, it doesn't take much time to write a short story, and you can say you've been published on your query letter.
I will share with you anthologies as I run across them. Currently, Prose by Design is looking for short stories for their Summer Love anthology and Halloween Horrors anthology. I highly recommend entering their contest. Go HERE to enter.