Yeah, the "wait and watch thing" is mostly to make sure that prospective new recruits are real people, that they behave, that they're likely to engage and interact and that they're not gonna join and then just go pfffffft.
I've received your email, and as I mentioned earlier, your timing is most excellent. We are looking for new blood to the group, as things have become a little slow of late.
As for "reading and critting" before submitting, well, that IS a great idea. (And also a requirement before having any submissions put into the queue - the expectation is that you would have read/critted the previous cycle's entries, before one of your own could go into the queue.) We currently have an odd blip occurring in the cycles, so jumping on now, will be very fortuitous.
I will keep you posted; you will get a personal message from me (on the board here) as opposed to an open thread post.
I look forward to seeing what you've got inside yer head!
And, PS: I agree with what Thom said! And what Vic said!