I applied to have a booth this year, well before the deadline and waited to hear back. When I contacted them 3 weeks later they said they never received it. Next time I will send it by courier with armed gard, handcuffed briefcase, backup ninjas, and require signatures, etc. I have asked what they can do since I did make a good faith effort to apply (with proof). But they haven't responded yet.
So, on the off chance that someone here is looking for someone to share a booth with or would be amenable to sharing a booth with a new board game company, I thought I would reach out here.