Local markets can be a great venue for new writers building their portfolio, or story clips. Make a list of publications, newspapers, magazines, alternative magazines, etc. specific to your city and region. Take a look at a few of their issues,check out their website if they have one, then give them a call and ask what their current content needs and guidelines are.
Your next step will be to craft a great query letter to pitch your story. Query letters introduce you and the story idea to an editor. They give editors an opportunity to see if your idea fits the needs of their publication.In the letter, you should present the story idea, the projected length, and a brief resume of prior story clips if you have them. If you don't have any clips, there's no reason to belabor the point. Simply relay your contact info and conclude the letter. If they accept spec stories, meaning they accecpt the full text of a story for consideration, then submit a story to the editor of the appropriate department.