This afternoon, we received our 19,000th submission.
Well, okay, there's enough flex in definitions and recordkeeping that that's not an exact number. But it's a reasonable approximation.
A few more than 8300 authors have submitted to us, averaging a little over two stories apiece. (Though I always feel silly calculating that average, because many many authors have sent us only one story, while a few have sent us forty or more over the lifetime of the magazine so far.)
I'll be doing some end-of-year stats sometime next month, so I won't go on about this now. But I'm expecting that we'll get 200 more submissions in the rest of this month, and probably 500 in January, so I'm guessing we'll hit 20,000 in late February or early March.
It looks like the first time I posted a submission milestone entry was back in April of 2002, when we were getting about 185 subs a month. We now get double that volume.