this may be a terrible idea but ill just chuck it out there. what about everyone getting their own individual words. this would probably require more work for maggie [since she does so little i dont think it will be a problem] but if no one else knows what the requirements are i think the feeling of things being forced in may drop a little, maybe. perhaps if some magical system could be setup that mailed every registered contestant 3 [or 6 with a choice of 3] random words at the time they requested to start, and also a copy to judges/mederators.
reading it out loud it sounds even worse than in my head but bleh maybe itll lead to something?