Wait a minute. I just read your Tuffet story, Anya, but you said it wasn't related to the poll. I'm confused...
And yeah, I think this needs to be a lot less organised to be honest. Just stick a running thread up in the Cafe and invite people to write a quicky couple hundred word story in response to previous posters' challenges.
Sacrifices are cool but they don't work on the internet since we're all cyber ghosts anyway. Much more effective in real life. And who needs polls? So whats wrong with just using the thanks button? Most thanks wins.
Keep it simple.
P.S. I probably wont bother joining in myself because I cant write on the fly and am mostly too lazy. But plenty of people here fancy themselves quick on their feet, so this would give them a chance to show off their quips and ripostes and quick, quick slow style in a relatively benign way. So I'm all for it.