I’ve just stumbled across something for the first time that has been going on since before I was born. I’ve never heard of it before.
Also, as you may recall, I attempted to do exactly what they do there, on the same weekend, with the same rules for myself. Yes, I not only made up the same set of rules, but I implemented it at the same time (though shifted one day to suit my work schedule, Friday-Sunday rather than Saturday-Monday) and produced a work of approximately the length that their participants create.
Except that if I’d known about it, registered, and paid the fee, I almost certainly would have had that extra little kick of motivation I needed to get to the end of the thing. Not to mention that someone would actually read it, definitely, when I sent it in, and maybe I could have won – and the winner gets published.
I’m so clever. I invent things that people thought of before I was born. Things that are well known to people in whatever field it is my idea falls into. And then I do it the hard way, on my own, or not at all – not learning that it’s all been done before, usually better, until after the fact. Hooray me!