Submission volume at SH was tapering off toward the end of the month, until this past week when we had a sudden new spike. Friday the 30th was in our top twelve highest-volume days; this past week was our sixth-highest-volume week ever, with 123 subs. I'm hoping and expecting that volume will drop off again soon, probably back down into the range of 90-100 stories a week.
A couple weeks ago, I predicted that in January we'd have between 550 and 600 subs total; later, I revised that (at least in my head--dunno if I ever posted this) to between 600 and 650. And indeed, January was by far our highest-volume month ever, with 637 submissions, an average of over 20 a day throughout the month.
The previous highest-volume month was July of 2008, with 568 subs. The two highest before that were the previous two Januaries (2008 and 2007), with 494 and 492, respectively. So volume this January was up nearly 30% over last January, and about 12% over July.
On a side note, I'm pleased to report that with the aid of our Editorial Assistants, we've managed to keep up with reading submissions--possibly better than we've ever done before in the month after a reopening. I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to stay on top of the reading this time.