Goodweed, you said the winner is generally soupy and mild. And, I would assume yours is fiery and bold!
So, the question is this....do you want to win or simply to compete with your very best?
If winning is your quest, cook for your audience. If doing your very best, and creating the hottest and most awesome chili on the planet is your goal, keep on keepin' on.
Either way, you are a winner!