The organisers firmly state that is not a "writer's" competition: they want everybody to have a chance, and presumably they've got ghost writers lined up for the winners. I wouldn't like that too much; I'd much rather write my own story, but I like the open nature of the competition all the same. People could enter who normally wouldn't even try, because they are reassured that grammar and spelling and writing skills play no part in the judging criteria. Despite that, there are lots of tips, videos and links for would-be writers, so it's quite a good writer's resource. At any rate, it has got me thinking about how my own book could be any more interesting or inspiring than anyone else's, when there are so many stories out there.
Today my story made it on to the BBC website, so even if this is as far as it goes, I'm pleased. It feels good that somebody else read my work and posted it up for others to read - that my work exists in cyberspace somewhere other than my own blog.