Okay, what is it with magazine editors? Whenever they list their favorite reads you get a list like this one.
"We will consider short stories that can be classified broadly as belonging to the Horror, Science Fiction or Fantasy genres. Expand our horizons, challenge or fine-tune convention. We love well-done genre blending and bending, too, like John W. Campbell, Jr.’s “Who Goes There?,” H.P. Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains of Madness,” Philip K. Dick’s “The King of the Elves,” and C.S. Lewis’s “Space” trilogy. Other authors whose work we enjoy include Jorge Luis Borges, Harlan Ellison, R.E. Howard, Shirley Jackson, M.R. James, Brian McNaughton, Clifford D. Simak, Clark Ashton Smith, and J.R.R. Tolkien."
The truth is, if a writer submitted a story written like Tolkien they'd find a rejection slip in their inbox. Why do they do this? Is it to impress writers with what they've read? Are there no new writers that they admire? If we all wrote in the same style and type of story that was written a century ago we'd never find a market. Yes, the work of the masters is great, but please, update your reading list.