Think big. Donâ€™t pitch to your local weekly first â€” pitch to the New Yorker, then work your way down to a podunk weekly.
The New Yorker turns you down. Then you pitch to New York Magazine. They turn you down. Then you pitch to the Village Voice, etc.
They all turn you down, and you sell your awesome story for $50 to a regional weekly that misspells your name and edits errors into your copy.
But you tried, and meanwhile maybe someone at one of those big magazines remembers your name and gives a later pitch a deeper look.