I've also written a back cover blurb for the same book, and entered it and 1,000 words, in another contest. Paid some money for that too.
Why, you ask? For the feedback. You see, both of these contests provide feedback to entrants from the judges. And I need the feedback.
I have no illusions that I can write this book and have it come out perfectly. I have tons of doubts about whether it's any good, if this story that has captured me would capture anybody else. I know I have tons to learn, and having judges, who generally know much more about writing than I do, comment on my words (and synopsis, and back cover blurb) can only make me a better writer.
I've only been deliberate about entering contests like this for a few months, but I'm already seeing the benefits. I have a feeling this is a habit I'll be continuing.
Even if I have to write another synopsis.
Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence