No, I'm not in this. But it's fun to "watch" and, though often not to my taste, the patterns are always fascinating to see when they are revealed to the general public just because they are always out of the ordinary. This is the just-unveiled first round one sock: SlipStripeSpiral
Edited to add: Just took a look at the numbers. So far only 87 out of 748 competitors have finished these socks (with 5 dropping out of the race)
Further edited to add: If you're curious about just how creative competition socks can be, here are the designs used in the previous nine years of Sock Madness.
**this is why you'll see marker rings or other such oddities on some of the submissions ... they're there as visible indicators to the judges that required number of pattern repeats were completed and aren't actually a permanent part of the socks.