Despite the release of the StyleCatcher plugin for Movable Type more than a year ago, the number of freely downloadable styles available for easy implementation in MT is tiny compared to the vast directories of installable templates for WordPress.
Looks like Six Apart is aiming to rectify the situation, leveraging financial incentives where community spirit has for some reason failed. The Style Contest is offering $17,000 in prizes to MT/TypePad-compatible style designers. In a way, it’s a shame that it will take money to do what the WP/open source community has done so well for free. On the other hand, this is a great opportunity for some of the more handsome MT sites out there to get some juice for their efforts.