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The best way to work toward getting a fictional story published is to do some research into the magazines that cover the genre of writing your tale falls into. From thrillers to humor, there are tons of magazines and e-zines available that are open to un-agented submissions.
www.duotrope.com - This website has an extensive listing of different magazines and anthologies that are open to submissions. You can search the system for a specific genre or browse categories.
www.writersdigest.com - This is a great website full of links to magazines, e-zines, publishing houses, etc. that can get you on your way to seeing your work in print. This site also offers writing tips and much more.
Take the time to know your market. Find out what magazines and e-zines are accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions in the genre your fictional tale falls into. By taking the time to know your market and find out about the magazines you think might be interested in your work, the better your chances are at getting your work published.