I forgot to mention that in our second week of the year (January 4 through 10), we received 172 valid submissions--only 3 short of the all-time record set in the first week of July last year, after our last reopening.
So in the first 10 days of 2009, we received a total of 275 stories. And then another 73 in the four days so far this week, so at least the per-day volume is subsiding a bit. I'm guessing it'll level off at normal volume sometime late next week or so.
I'm guessing total volume for the month will end up between 550 and 600 or so, but that's just a guess.