Nah, I wasn't expecting to win anything. I was aware of the flaws in Rosenrot before finishing it, and it's why I started on Alice. I would have been more than happy with an honorable mention really, competition was very high for this. What's interesting to me, is that none of the ones I thought were gonna win, even got mentioned at all. But what that shows me, is that these contests have a large luck and subjective element to them. If you noticed, most of the winners were very vanilla shounen stuff, but looking at the judge panel, it's easy to see why that is. I feel if the panel had featured Kubo, Gotoge, Shirai, and, Ohba, for example, you'd have seen a preference for darker stories.
Something to bear in mind for future contests for anyone. Mind the judges. And, I actually wouldn't suggest to try to cater to what you might think they like, but rather, choose contests that may feature a mangaka that's published work similar to your style. Also, luck. I'd already heard that larger contests are way harder to win because of how much competition there is. There's so much good work, it's nearly impossible to stand out, and it's about as certain as winning the lottery in a way. Meanwhile, smaller contests are an easier way to get IN the industry. afaik, the best contests to enter, are those by a major publisher, the month BEFORE Tezuka. Since you'll have the least amount of competition, as everyone is getting ready for Tezuka. The ones the month after Tezuka are also bad, since all those that didn't make the deadline will drop it in that one instead.
Anyway, I've got my appointment in 5 days btw. I'll let you know how it goes. The name and script for TS are done btw, you guy wanna read them?
I can post links.