Well what makes me not participate is the fact that I usually don't figure out what the POTM is until It's too late or I can't think of anything to write. That and I don't really understand how it works. But anyway.. The reason I don't perticipate in Battles is because for one, no one has ever challanged me and for two, I write a poem and then post it before ever thinking about using it in an idea of a battle. The ones i want to challange are one's i know will beat me and so yeah.. i don't want to loose right..
I don't really care about prizes. To me it's the joy of knowing you created a work of art that people appreciate and enjoy. Knowing that you created a work of art that surpasses everyone elses, then again.. that's just me. Not much help..... but I tossed in my reason for not participating ... Maybe i'll try it POTM sometime..