Participation in contests is not always for winning!Whenever some contests and competitions are there, people jump and participate in them and the main motivation is that we hope that we would win in it. Sometimes we win also but it is not necessary that we would win every time. Let me explain it in a simple way. Say there are some 30-40 numbers of good writers who are all good in their composition and their capabilities and abilities in the field of writing is almost neck to neck and now assume that there is a competition and contest every week where all of them participate then the question comes as who would get the prize. The judges would go through the entries and give some judgement though is some cases it is very difficult to judge when the competition is neck to neck or say cut throat. In such a scenario no judge would agree to award prize to the same fellows again and again and that is right as all the good contributors should get the award more often periodically. Please remember that whether we get the award or not we have to participate in these periodical contests (I am talking in general and not specifically about ISC contests) because if we do not participate in them then these would eventually cease to exist and even the winners would be deprived of their prizes in that frequent fashion.
So I strongly feel that we should participate without bothering for the reward or award. That itself is a great contribution for survival of the contests. What do you think?