QUESTION: Should the one-page synopsis be more like the "teaser" summaries that explain what a book is about without spoiling the ending or should it try to tell as much as possible about how the story ends?
ANSWER: No. In fact a synopsis should definitely spoil the ending. One of the frequent things we have had to do in the past is communicate with writers to ask for more detailed synopses to be sent because the one submitted did not give the full story of the manuscript in question.
For a synopsis you need to describe the entire plot of the book, in thumbnail form, in one page. The judge has to be able to see the overall arc of the book's plot, which will help them see how the excerpt submission fits into that picture. So spoil away!