Well, not everybody uploads their work to ticalc.org in the first place, which reduces the set of candidates ;)
Maybe staff members of the other community sites should spend more time suggesting authors of interesting work uploaded to their sites to upload said work to ticalc.org as well ? Years ago, we TI-Planet admins did that, and it helped yield good results for at least a couple POTY rounds, hammering poor Ryan, especially, with a flurry of newsing activity in November :)
But yes, there should definitely have been more TI-eZ80 contenders this year. As I wrote on IRC, the next news item in the pipeline is a TI-eZ80 one. It fell off beyond the POTY deadline because several days before that, I was too busy with my day job to finish writing it...
Also, FWIW, your choice of words could make them read as criticism, possibly of the non-constructive form ;)