Welcome Phil, great to have you join us. And in case you did not know, I come from an electronica/rock background and only started composing cinematic/orchestral music the last few years.
Would be amazing to see you join the contest, I believe it is a good incentive and motivation to have a specific style to compose in, and a strict deadline to finish before. I know from experience how much we can “toy around” in our DAWs a bit too long sometimes haha.
PS. Please consider bookmarking this community website, and I highly encourage you to start new topics in the various sub sections, and join the discussions. I consider this community to be like a family, a fellowship of composers.