Long shot at best..there are plenty of "extremely qualified" candidates that have the interest, motivation and self-discipline to apply for nominations on time.
This is not intended to be a criticism of OP, but more advice for the next group of applicants that are probably starting to follow. I suspect many candidates are wondering why they worked so hard to get their application in last summer and are still CPR in mid-March. I know there have been several threads here talking about timing of the application, and there are plenty of successful candidates that get in just under the wire. However, in my opinion, the candidate that shows the discipline and initiative in completing the application in a timely manner will have a advantage. This is not to suggest that you need to be the first to submit their application, or that you should sacrifice quality for speed in submission, but if you are truly committed, plan ahead, identify the deadlines, and complete well in advance !