What can I say except that my staff is amazing?
They have been slaving away for the last 48 hours, trudging through the slush pile to meet my unreasonable request that we clear out the inbox before midnight. But they did it and they did it far quicker than I expected.
We still have 29 submissions before the editors, and we're still open for new submissions until midnight EST, but for now the inbox is empty and that's the first time in a long time. Actually, I went back through all the blog entries, and this is the first time the inbox has been empty all quarter. Impressive.
Enough bragging; here are the stats:
We have received 362 submissions so far this quarter.
We have rejected 309 stories, sent 15 back for rewrites, held 3 for voting, and accepted 6 already.
We have 29 submissions before the editorial board right now, and 0 left in our inbox.
Now, we have done something unprecedented this quarter in regards to held submissions. With six accepted stories, we knew we only had two slots left to fill, which didn't give those 12 "held for voting" stories much hope. So we sent those that didn't have three or more "Yes" votes a revised rewrite letter, giving them the option to make revisions to their stories and resubmit them next quarter. Or not. The choice is theirs, but we felt that was the better option given the odds of making it into this April issue.
So we now only have three stories held for voting, and about ten hours.
I have to tell you, this issue may have given me ulcers... it's been one interesting quarter.