Yeah, you lose the "new member" tag after you hit a certain post number, I don't remember what that number is though.
And to start a contest as it says in the rules, you just have to contact a Mod and ask them for their permission to start it.
Rembrandt II, Suiché
Leopards: 1:4 Hawkeye, Luna, Astrael, Dorian, Cullen
Gargoyle: Cloudjumper and Toothless