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.

It’s that time again...



I can’t quite believe it, but after the fantastic month that June gave me July came speeding up behind and handed me a couple of belters! I won a day trip on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship for the family, a bundle of Elvive hair goodies, a Nails Inc. set, a Benefit eyebrow pencil, some Coca Cola Zero Sugar to test out, a bundle of crime fiction books, a Peperami Fanimal, some expensive eye cream, a Joules picnic hamper and case of Lipton Iced Tea, a magnum of Moet, £500 from Chat magazine and a holiday!!


The holiday and magnum of champers came from creative photo comps; so don’t forget to take lots of pictures whilst you’re out and about over the summer hols (you can read my blog piece with some hints and tips for that here. Take a look at my two winning pics that helped bag those prizes! 

Winning holiday picture Sammy winning photo

So come on, it’s now your turn to brag about your July wins; it doesn’t matter how big or small the prize is - we love to hear from our readers about what they’ve been winning. And don’t forget for any that we feature on our website you will bag yourself a tenner. You can email me at info@oxonpress.co.uk with July wins in the subject header or let me know via our Facebook page.


Now August is pretty full on for me in terms of family time – we’re off to Disneyland Paris, Marseille and a Mediterranean cruise so entering competitions is definitely going to be taking a back seat this month but I’m wishing you all lots of luck for the coming month! Happy comping!


Sammy x



Score a strike and win yourself a trip to Hollywood!


I'm heading off to Disneyland Paris today with the hubby and two youngest children; in fact you are probably reading this as I'm racing through the Channel Tunnel on the Eurostar! We're due to get there this afternoon and plan on having a relaxing time at the hotel; taking in the swimming pool and bar (cheeky vino whilst in France!) before hitting the parks for three full days of Mickey Mouse fun! Backtracking slightly to last week I was lucky enough to win another holiday!! This was a creative photo comp on social media where you had to upload your favourite holiday picture. Take a look at my blog over at Simply Prizesto have a peek at the winning photograph.
In the meantime it's over to you guys for my pick of the comps for this week; I'm sending you all lots of luck!
Elemis are offering you the chance to win over £2,000 worth of products. Just submit your details here before midnight on 14th August and answer the following question; How long has Keeley been an Elemis therapist? Answer is 20 years.
Grand Designs Magazine is giving away a Breeze summer house worth more than £8,000! Answer the following question and enter your details here before 17th August; How long has Breeze House been creating its garden buildings? Answer is C. 20 years.
Square Mile has an amazing VIP Abu Dhabi Grand Prix experience up for grabs; including a three-night stay at the five-star Fairmont Hotel in Dubai (Fri, Sat & Sun night), return flights with Emirates, exclusive marina access, Yas Marina Circuit access (Thurs - Sun), on board a luxury yacht on Qualifying and Race Day (Sat & Sun) from 2pm until late, five star catering throughout, unlimited champagne and premium beverages, large screens streaming the race live throughout the yacht, late night after race parties on both days (Sat & Sun), international DJ's and live entertainment and entry to the concerts (Fri / Sat / Sun - so far The Chemical Brothers and Rihanna confirmed) - PHEW! To get your name in the draw answer the following question here before 19th August; what is the name of the race track where the British 2016 Grand Prix took place? Answer is Brands Hatch.
Hungry Horse is feeding the kids for £1 on a Monday throughout the holidays; they also have other events going on - contact your local pub for more information. And not only that but they are giving away a holiday too! You can check that out here.
Fancy a game of bowling over the holidays? Well if you do then head on down to your local AMF bowling centre where you might just strike it lucky and win a trip of a lifetime to Hollywood! To be in with a chance you have to play the Coca-Cola Bowl over the Bottle game (12-6pm every day throughout the summer holidays). If you see the Coca-Cola bottle in the head position simply call a member of their team. If they see you score a strike you'll win a scratch card... and every scratch card is an instant winner! Each scratch card has a unique code for you to enter online for your chance to win the amazing holiday. You can find out more about this and full terms and conditions here.

Good luck and happy comping!


Sammy x


Week six – summer holiday kid’s comps! The end!

That’s it; the end is in sight - the kids are back to school next week! I actually can’t believe how quickly it has gone and it seems odd as we are still on our summer holiday. Back home Saturday though to a mountain of washing and getting the kids prepped for school. Although I was ultra-organised this year and all school uniform was bought, washed and ironed in the first week of the holidays; which is a nice feeling knowing it’s already done!


And to keep them occupied for the last few days, here are a couple more comps for the kids to get stuck into.


Win some Emoji merchandise by helping the kids to upload a fun selfie. Under 16’s must be entered by a parent. You can enter up to three times every day until 30th November although a maximum of one prize per week can be won by one person. More details and info on how to enter can be found here .


Draw your dream dinosaur and have the chance to get it printed on a giant bean bag and a family ticket to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition. Open to entrants aged 11 and under you have until midnight on 30th September to enter. Full details and entry info can be found here .


Have fun with these ones and remember normality is nearly here! Keep an eye on the website tomorrow for your update of social media comps too. I may not be around tomorrow evening as will be getting ready to leave the lodge early Saturday morning but I’ll catch up with you all via our Facebook page when I’m back.


Have a great weekend.


Sammy x