And I guess I need to clarify for those of you to whom this may be new: I always ask for a lead-in when we do any crit round that drops us into the middle of a story. So don't worry about that; it'll be added to the maximum word count.
Anyway, well over half of the votes went to Drop the Needle, so that was a no-brainer. Rest assured we'll do the others again soon!
I'll post guidelines in a little while. Drop the Needles always have a specific focus, which will help you pick something out of your manuscript. So I've got to give that some thought first. Submissions will open later today. I will take 25 entries. (I know this number has lowered. I've had to make these in-house crits a bit more manageable. Hopefully this will lead to more frequent rounds. Secret Agent contests will remain at 50, always.)
Okay, I'll get back to you!