I really enjoyed your Kitchen Full of Slush post. I’m curious as to what happens to the piles of slush? Specifically, how do you keep them and respond in chronological order? With that many submissions it seems insurmountable.That would be telling.
Different houses, different methods, of course.
Perhaps the editorial staff sits down Friday afternoons for a concentrated hour or so of reading, while they pass a flask around.
Perhaps the publisher gets a freelance reader (or readers) to address some (or all) of the slush and pass the good stuff to the editorial assistant, who doles it out among editors according to topic and taste.
Perhaps the interns shovel it into a smallish, forgotten room (whose original use is now lost to memory), and take turns jumping into the pile like school children into autumn leaves.
Or perhaps it's stacked tidily, labeled with the date, and tied with twine into turfs, to await April 31st.
(Ok, I feel the need to explain my title line, for those of you who aren't inveterate muppet fans.)