SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

Fancy winning yourself a £10,000 delivery of goodies?

During the month of November Heart Bingo is putting a massive feel-good into your Fridays! There is a chance to win a van load of goodies worth £10,000 with one winner every Friday in the month. So to be in with a chance simply register your details here and you’ll get one entry into each Friday draw; plus once you’re in there will be more chances to gain extra entries.


Once you’ve entered listen out for that winning phone call every Friday. And if it happens to be you then make sure you’re home at 10am Saturday morning as that will be when the winning delivery will be arriving at your door!


Good luck!


Sammy x


Get a free letter from Santa with the chance to win a £100 voucher too!

I always love the start of a new month, and in a comper's calendar November really does begin the countdown to advent competitions. I mentioned these a few weeks ago and they run in the same way an advent calendar does, with most promoters offering a new prize for every day! December can be a brilliant month for compers and the only advice I have is to make sure your own personal Christmas stuff is organised so that you can concentrate on the advents. So with just under a month to go now is the time to get sorted! And we also offer a free advent competition site which I'll give you all details of very soon - so watch this space!

However; onto this week's competitions - good luck all!
Tea India is offering you the chance to win a room makeover worth £1,500 - now wouldn't that be nice to have a spruce up before Christmas? Enter here before 17.00 on 11th November.
Now if you or anyone you know has a fancy Christmas do coming up you could just win your tux here! Moss Bros is giving away a tuxedo worth £500. Just submit your details herebefore 20th November.
And if you just fancy updating your own winter wardrobe then Ocean Spray has the chance for you to win one of two £250 vouchers for White Stuff. Enter here before 23.59 on 11th November.
There is still time to grab one of National Express £5 one way tickets. There is a £1 booking fee and hundreds of destinations to choose from. Take your pick here and book yourself a cheap trip!
As a comper, receiving nuisance calls on your mobile can be a regular occurrence. Even if you do opt out of third party contact there still seems to be some that manage to get through the net! However, you can sign up to a new text service offered by Ofcom and the TPS (telephone preference service) which allows you to add your mobile number to their call blocking database. To sign up simply text TPS to 78070 and you should then receive a text reply confirming your number has been added. Another way to report callers to your own mobile network is to forward any nuisance text messages to 7726 which actually spells out SPAM on a traditional phone keypad and reports the sender of the text (check with your network provider though as to whether they charge to send this). But also some network providers do have their own blocking system so it could be worth giving them a call anyway. But as a top tip just remember that some WTC (winning telephone calls) can come from withheld or unknown numbers so just have a think about blocking these types as you don't want to miss any decent wins!
The Entertainer toy shop offers a free letter from Father Christmas. If you visit one of theirstores between now and 26th November and just post your letter in their bright red letterbox all you'll need to do then is wait for the reply! And if you fancy trying to win a £100 gift card in the process then make sure you take a pic and upload it to theirInstagram or Twitter pages with the hashtag #santasletterservice. Entries must be received by 23.59 on 17th November.


Good luck!


Sammy x


Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)


There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)


I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.


So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.


Chat soon!


Sammy x