I totally agree with Jonny, go make art, do it DW/UC specs if you want. It sucks that the art you make on your own won't get that level of exposure but honestly its gotten so big that there is a lot of amazing art that goes by unnoticed already.
Unearthly Challenge’09 champions announcement – 05.03.2010
Really, 5 months into 2010 half a year after the contest ended. Wow, re-dick-u-in-the-ass.
Take all the time off you need just make sure when it starts up that it runs without delays. None of this set a date and get everyone excited 6mo in advance then dick them around for 2 more months past that date. Stick to the times announced, set a reasonable time for judging and have it all wrapped up no more than 3mo after it stops. If that can't happen them maybe it shouldn't...
Take 2 years off, hell take 3, just make sure its run with the respect and promptness that everyone deserves and demands.