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come (in) over the transom

To be offered without prior agreement, consent, or arrangement; to be unsolicited or uninvited. Said especially of written works submitted for publication or consideration. My biggest task as an intern was sorting through and usually disposing of amateur works that came over the transom. Any journalist will tell you that a great story doesn't come in over the transom—you have to go and do the leg work to find one.
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People on those lists have what a colleague likes to call "the most valuable of all education, the ability to send a check in the mail." But the very best names of all are inquiries coming in over the transom.