I did one more polish pass and incorporated your wonderful comments into a new hook for “Relvan’s Rescue”. Then I spent the morning browsing Ralan’s website for potential markets. There are five likely candidates, and I sent the story off to two of them via their online submission forms. I’ll mail a hardcopy to a third market later this week (I’m out of paper for the printer). Of the last two markets, one does not accept simultaneous submissions, so I’ll save that one for last. The other recommends purchasing a sample issue of the magazine before submitting, which I’ll do.
There were some additional markets that are currently closed for submission, so I put them on my “B” list. With an average of 1-2 months return time, I expect this process could go through the summer. For those interested, I’ve listed the markets I’m submitting to below: