As for SOTW I'll work on it on Monday (which is Sunday for Amerifags). Plus it will only be fortnightly (one week for entries, one week for voting). Premades up to a month or maybe 2 weeks will be allowed as some people want to enter but won't have time plus it will allow for more entries. I will use the standard voting system, voters must have a minimum of 50 posts, and you must require something like 100 posts to enter. All open to opinion but that seems like an easy and simple way to run it efficiently.
I'll probably talk to Dave about VIP. We have CA VIP now, so that should help. I'll also be posting thread in CF and CA section to boost activity. This idea has worked in the past, and there was an insane amount of participation. I'll be working closely with other minion to help cut down on threads begging for votes.
If you have any suggestions just leave a comment