I could do up a draft for a new Contest themes and winners thread in a few days, post it here for us to discuss. If we are all in agreement that it's messy and needs a revamp?
Also, I think something we could do for the contest forum as a whole is to link it more with the art forum.
There are a lot more artists than there are contest participants, so trying to attract more users from the art forum seems intuitive to me. As for how we could do that. I have 2 ideas, both of which need development.
Firstly, we could do "feature artists", whereby the winners of contests get their art thread pinned until the winner of the following contest is decided. This may act as an extra incentive for artists to submit in contests. And also may encourage users who do plenty of poetry/ wsac/ shorts for contests, but don't have an art thread to create an art thread.
Secondly, we could create "workshop" threads in the art and writing forums. Recently I did a poetry course at uni, and one of the most helpful (and enjoyable) parts of the course was bringing a half finished poem to class for feedback (or to be "workshopped"). So basically these workshop threads would be pinned, and be specifically for posting unfinished works for critique and feedback. This could be linked to the contest forum by encouraging users to head over there before posting submitting their entries.
So yeah, anyone got any ideas, for how to bridge the art and contest forums a bit?