... I also hate for anyone to fall through the cracks.
So, if you've submitted a story to Clockwork Phoenix 4 through Dec. 3, and you haven't gotten a response, either your story is a finalist (which is, alas, no guarantee of inclusion, so don't get too excited yet) — or you've fallen through the cracks. Query at will.
So far there's been a total of about 1,240 stories sent in. The submission window closes Friday at midnight.