To aid fellow future Great American Poets who’ve not yet been published, Jeffrey Bahr has compiled print literary journal submission information and response time statistics, and created an approximate print journal ranking system that places the likes of The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and Poetry at the top of the heap. (Thanks to Max Ruback for the link.)
Meanwhile, in the U.K., the Grumpy Old Bookman argues against short story writers’ veneration of big guns like The Paris Review:
Have you ever seen a copy of the PR? I can’t remember doing so myself, and if I did it was in a university library. Have you ever met anybody who subscribes to it? I certainly haven’t. Have you heard, even third hand, of someone who eagerly awaits the next issue because it’s a cracking good read? I very much doubt whether you have.
He concludes that writers are better off posting fiction on their blogs than trying to get published in The Paris Review. There’s also a little MFA-bashing:
those who do read [the stories submitted to The Paris Review] are often mfa students. If that doesn’t put you off, it should. Mfa = Master of Fine Arts = people who are deluded enough to think that a one-year postgraduate course in creative writing will turn them into the next John Updike or whoever. Worse, they are people who actually want to be the next John Updike.
If experience is any indication, watch this space for a different opinion.