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Ellery Queen does have a Department of First Stroies, but the competition is tough everywhere. Just about every magazine out there receives at least 100 stories for each one they have room to publish.
It is true that the really big magazines are tougher to sell to, but any magazine, anywhere, of any size, is tough. You have to submit a tsory that’s better than 99% of what the editor sees in a given month.
Aiming high is a good thing. Then you submit that same story to the next magazine down the list, then the next, the next, and the next until you can’t find anywhere else to send it.
Short stories are incredibly tough to sell. They just are, no matter where you submit them. All you can really do is write the best way you can, look for magazines that publish stories much like your own, and submit too them.
William Saroyan received nearly 4,000 rejections before selling his first short story, but he eventually became famous.
Just write, continue to improve, submit each story to the magazine where it seems to fit best, and keep submitting until you can’t find anywhere else to submit.