Hello all, it's me again, Jonathan (your friendly Senior Editor), and I just want to address a big question we've been receiving for some time now. We previously stated way back in the fall that we'd contact everyone about their submissions "early next year" about whether or not they'd make it in the Chrysalis.
Well, unfortunately, we've been short-staffed this semester (we're only 3 people, down from from 4) and while we never had a "large" staff, I'm currently taking five classes (some of which I'm struggling with) as well and balancing editing, remembering and doing homework for five classes, working with our members to layout and publish the book, as well as trying to maintain a somewhat healthy sleep schedule (that ship has sailed) has proven to be... well, tough. Our faculty member in charge has the oh-so fun job of grading somewhere around a couple hundred essays and such and our submissions coordinator has his large load of classes as well.
I apologize for not being able to personally email you all and give you all our final decisions on what would end up in the Chrysalis this semester but rest assured, if you passed our screening (basically, if you can write and like to write well) than you'll be in it! I guess it's a bit unorthodox this semester but we're all working hard on everything and we're trying to make everything work.
In the end, I hope to actually email all of you guys during Spring Break (though it depends on how busy I am and how dead we'll all be after finally publishing the Chrysalis) and thank you all as well as talk to the ones who will be in the book about their pieces and maybe give some feedback, critique, etc. We plan to make this year's Chrysalis truly a worthy publication but it's all accomplished through baby steps. We have many things in store for those who didn't make publication, those who did, and how to grow the Chrysalis into a butterfly!
Okay, that sounded really corny, lol.