Disclosure: I know this is the internet and my opinion doesn't have any value. Sorry if this offends or I'm out of line (definitely not intentional), just an opinion.
If you're going to sign up to do a story and willingly accept the rules or parameters that are required, and you take over a month to complete it, then it's not worth signing up for it. At this point, I've lost hope for this story. If it does get published one day, I'm sure I'll still read it, but I'm just disappointed that this has been delayed for so long.