Thanks again everybody for the 'top' welcome and greetings to my fellow newbies.
I know this is probably messing with the protocol and bucking all the rules (so apologies in advance), but on my travels around the WriteWords forums, I discovered this brilliant thread which includes a link to a fascinating blog conversation on why we enter writing competitions and so, so much more. There's a whole load of contributions from competition judges and writers that are really, genuinely, helpful and enlightening and so.... I thought it might be helpful to anybody else new, (who hasn't got as much free time as me!) and is interested in entering writing competitions, and the process of being 'judged' or assessed, - to repost the link again here:
Hope the link works - and that I haven't upset the 'system' too much.