I recently wrote a short story (I'm still in the process of editing it, but it's all written), and have been looking at different publication options. The story is about 8,000 words, a mystery story.
I could publish it online on a website (such as Medium), or I could submit it to magazines that publish short stories (The Strand, Ellery Queen). The main difference is that with a website like Medium, my work will automatically be published online (if I understand correctly), but a magazine has only a small chance of publishing my work.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of publishing on a site that will publish anything versus submitting to a selective magazine? I suppose, if it's relevant, that my ultimate goal would be to publish a collection of short stories.
I live in the US.