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The FAQ does say: "Generally, applicants who apply for too broad of a category are asked to narrow their focus, and apply for a lower level category."
But that isn't always obvious -- the category can look small because only a few sites are published, but be potentially much larger because many unreviwed sites have been suggested (rightly or wrongly) for it.
Find a smaller category, get accepted, get up to speed (which may only take a day or two -- it depends on how precise your editing is) and reapply for the bigger category.....There's unlikely to be another way of getting it, and certainly not a quicker way.
And good luck!