UPDATE: We've taken a long story by Garth Nix called "Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarsköe" and another one by Kelly Barnhill called "Elegy for Gabrielle, Patron Saint of Healers, Whores and Righteous Thieves". These are both amazing stories. Just first-rate stuff. I just love them to death. We'll have this all wrapped up in the next few weeks.
This continues to be the most difficult reading period Ann and I have ever had. If we had our druthers, we'd take 200,000 words of material rather than 100-110,000 words. It's wonderful to have so much great stuff to choose from, but it's horrific from the standpoint of having to reject a lot of stuff we'd take under normal circumstances.
All in all, however, this just points to us having a great anthology, I think.
Those who submitted during the open reading period and haven't heard back from us with a final decision will hear back between now and March 21.