I found a year old post regarding this issue as well (Setting entry status with Channel Form) but no apparent solution.

Has anyone come upon one yet?

Basically I can do this:

    <select name="status">

But no matter if I am logged in as a super admin, regular user or even a guest, the entry saves with the intended status. It's like the field is being ignored.

Any clues?

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I found the problem.

I had set a specific status in Admin > Channel Administration > Channel Form, which it turns out, overrides anything in the template code.

When I returned this to "-- Use Channel Default --", it became possible to set the entry status as expected.

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