there seems to be an awful lot of abandoned contests
@Jose, as we announced in one of the previous threads related to this topic, we have now implemented an incentive for winner selection within first 5 days of contest ending. If the CH selects a winner within the first 5 days, they receive a credit which they can use for future contest. This was done as an alternative to collecting a returnable deposit.
We don’t believe any further monetary incentives will have a material impact on reducing abandoned contests. We must focus on other factors, such as quality vs. quantity of submissions, easy and intuitive interface to rate the entires, eliminate negative or badgering comments from contest comments or private messaging which make the CH stop using the rating and feedback system. We are actively working on all of these aspects.