We received 455 valid submissions in February, 2009.
That's the fifth-highest-volume month ever; up 20% over February, 2008.
The only higher-volume months were January of 2007, 2008, and 2009, and July of 2008--in other words, this February has been the highest-volume month that didn't immediately follow a temporary closure.
Also, it was a February, so had fewer days than the higher-volume months; so going by submissions per day, this was actually the third-highest-volume month ever, averaging a little over 16 stories a day. And every week of the month made it into our top twenty highest-volume weeks.
We're doing a remarkably good job of keeping up with the reading. (Thank goodness for the Editorial Assistants.) But I still keep hoping that volume will drop back to more normal levels at some point--for much of last year, we were getting more like 13 stories a day, which I think would give us a little more breathing room. It's not that much practical difference, but I think it would feel like a little less of a deluge.