Okay, so, my last post has gotten a really surprising amount of traffic and comments here and elsewhere. So now I have further questions for people:
If you don't want MFA students to have the ability to judge and reject your work, are you also not comfortable with people who have never studied at an MFA judging and rejecting your work? (This is happening at many excellent journals all the time.)
If you are okay with being rejected by people who don't have advanced degrees or any degrees at all, why are you not okay with being rejected by people who have completed part of an advanced degree or a bachelor's degree?
If you are not okay with being rejected by people without specialized degrees in writing, are you okay with it when someone without a degree in writing chooses not to read one of your stories or poems?
If you are not okay with them choosing not to read your stories or poems, why are you publishing in venues where they will have the opportunity to do this? Do you want to be read by many people? Do you understand that being read by many people requires being rejected and ignored by many other people, some of whom have no real education at all -- in fact, some of whom can barely read, or cannot read at all?
Does that make you angry?
Have you submitted to Uncanny Valley? Does it make you angry to know that I read roughly one paragraph of most submissions before rejecting them? That sometimes I don't even get that far?
How much of your story or poem does a person have to read before it is okay to reject it? How many people need to read that much of your poem or story?
How much do they need to think about it? (About you?)
Do they need to write you personalized comments about how you can improve? About what you did well, and where you could have been better?
Is there a reasonable expectation of fairness in publishing? Of transparency?
Who told you this would be fair?
What are you owed?
When did you realize that you were owed these things?
How does it feel to be special?
Have you always been special, or did you earn it somehow?
Do you tell people that you are special when you introduce yourself to them, or do you expect them to work it out for themselves?
What kind of education or life experience is necessary to understand your specialness?
When will you be happy?