haha, don't feel guilty!!!
Yours was very cute, and the idea that golette's energy source and soul was fire, was creative, as opposed to the obvious, take a pokemon and add flames to it.
I think I restricted myself a bit with cherubi, although it turned-out decently.
BTW, I think you should have entered that Cradily with a bit of alteration to the joint between the flame neck and body. The singed prongs on its head would have been a showstopper!
Ugh, I should have taken inspiration from this and singed my Cherubi's leaves
Question...If we suggest a theme in a general sense, are we still able to compete in that competition. For example, if I suggested doing an amalgamation with a certain palette restriction, would that make me ineligible to compete. For the record, amalgamations are not my cup of tea, just used as an example.