Oh. My. Goodness.
Thank you for your patience. Some of the problems encountered during the submission process were due to user error.
As in, you didn't follow directions.
And some were due to odd, unforeseen circumstances.
And a bunch were caused by the goofiness of hotmail. If you sent your submission via hotmail and were not able to get qualified, my apologies. It seems hotmail's silly signature (tagged onto the end of all your outgoing emails) messed things up and included itself in your word count.
That was an unanticipated problem, and I apologize. Then again, I hate hotmail and have no patience for it.
*takes a moment to breathe deeply*
*People submitting more than once for no apparent reason
*People not formatting the SCREEN NAME/TITLE/GENRE the way I told you to.
*People making spelling errors in the SCREEN NAME/TITLE/GENRE fields (not your actual titles/genres, obviously)
We've got our 50 entrants and 2 alternates.
I thank you for giving us grace. I apologize (sincerely!) if you were unable to get a qualified entry in and you couldn't figure out why.
I tried to cover everything prior to the opening of submissions, but it's impossible to anticipate everything that may be a problem.
So. Chalk it up. We'll do an in-house critique session very soon, which will help us to further work out the kinks. Overall, the system worked well.
Oh. And if you couldn't get in and you are baffled, please forward your original entry to me at facelesswords(at)gmail.com and explain to me exactly what happened (i.e., what rejection message did you receive).
Please DO NOT send your questions/concerns to the authoress.submissions address. That address is for contest entries only.