Funny, having been a denizen of blogland lo these many years and published in net reviews coming out of places as far-flung as Berlin, London, Geneva and Santa Fe, I've come to assume that pretty well any internet journal that did not expressly state otherwise was open to writers from the world over. Well, welcome to Blackbird. Certainly one of the handsomest and most distinguished literary journals on the net, this one claims at least to have excellence as its sole criterion. But looking through the poets it's published over the last three biannual issues, virtually all -- about sixty in total -- are American. I've never seen anyone not from the US publish there. Hard to believe that there haven't been plenty of good submissions from other places. (Indeed, impossible -- yours truly was turned back a couple of years ago. Not that I mind. No, really...OK, a bit.) Anyway, the pattern is clear, and I rather doubt I'll go through the effort of perpetuating it again.
P.S. I just sent this post to the editors of said review, with the letter below (they do invite reader feedback). It will be interesting to see if I get a response.
I just wrote the post below on my literary blog, Out of the Woodwork. I wonder if you would care to refute it? Is it because of the complexities of international payment that you don't have more international representation on your web pages? If so, why not just say so -- or say that you publish the best in American writing? Anyway, I do respect much of the content of your review, despite the rather huffy tone of my post.
Sincerely, from Canada,