The headline says it all! I finished my entry, polished it, had it beta-read, and sent it two weeks before the deadline. Last year, I barely finished a draft under the word limit by the deadline, let alone performed quality assurance. Further, I managed to do all this while only cutting two scenes—maybe 500 words. Last year, I cut 4,000 words—the length of my entire entry.
I may, at last, be getting the hang of this fiction-writing thing.