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.

Week Two - Summer Holiday Kid's comps!

Even though I haven’t been comping much I’ve still managed to win tickets to see the movie Dunkirk with drinks and popcorn thrown in, plus two tickets to Dover Castle (if you’ve never been you should, it’s wonderful), a light box and a big parcel containing three boxes of Nexo Knight Lego. And my case of Amigo Tequila beer arrived too; cheers! We’re off to Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday for a short hotel break so I am hoping for at least no rain (not been lucky weather wise so far for the summer hols) which should mean we can enjoy the local area a bit more. Feel free to perform a sun dance for me so we can avoid the rain!


As it is the summer holidays now I’m including a couple of comps that the kids can get stuck into; if you missed last week’s newsletter you can check it out here where you will find some more comps for the kids.


Patisserie Valerie is currently running a Junior Baker competition; open to ages 16 and under only. The kids need to visit them in store and ask one of the servers for a #JuniorBaker competition sheet and crayons. They then need to draw a picture of their dream gateau, saying what is in it. Adults you then need to take a pic and share with them on social media using the hashtag #JuniorBaker. Social media links are at the bottom of this page . Alternatively you can download the sheet for your child to enter from home.


For children aged between 7 and 12 years old they can enter the Jacqueline Wilson creative writing competition. They will need to write a letter to someone that lives far away; the letters should be no longer than 750 words long and cannot feature real characters or events. One lucky winner will have their letter published in an upcoming Jacqueline Wilson novel! They will also receive £100 worth of books, a year’s subscription to First News, a book bundle for their school AND the chance to meet Jacqueline Wilson. They can enter here before noon on 8th September.


Have fun with these ones and I’ll include some more next week for the little terrors! And for the rest of you keep an eye on the website tomorrow for your update of social media comps. Also I’ll be around in the evening via our Facebook page if anyone fancies a comping chat.


Have a great weekend.


Sammy x

Ho Ho Ho! Grab yourself a festive spa break with SP Xtra!
With the kids now back to school I'm on a countdown to my winning holiday in Sri Lanka. My tickets arrived at the weekend, so it all feels real now! I've got so much to organise as not only do I need to make sure the hubby and I are sorted, but I need to make lists for the babysitters and jot down the kid's schedules (as they have far busier socials lives than us!). I think by the time I arrive at the resort I'll be ready to chill for the whole week!
Now talking of chilling, I think you should head on over to Simply Prizes where you will find some lovely competitions; settle yourself down with a cuppa and get comping. Most take a few seconds to enter and there are hundreds of competitions currently listed featuring tickets for days out, short breaks, holidays, toys, things for the home and garden plus lots more!
And I've also found a corker of a comp for you too; how do you fancy a Christmas spa break to Bath? It includes a stay at The Queensberry boutique hotel in a deluxe room, including breakfast, tickets to the real outdoor ice rink Bath on Ice, two Twilight Spa Packages at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal day spa, a hamper of Bath Christmas Market goodies and to top it off a free pass to many of Bath's top attractions and museums. A nice chance to relax before the onset of the festive madness. Simply enter your details here before 17th November to get your name in the draw.
I was hoping to be a bit more organised for Christmas before I jetted off to the sun but then I realised that Black Friday was going to fall while I was away - so I plan on shopping via Wi-Fi with a cocktail in one hand and my iPad in the other! However, I do realise that sometimes the deals can be hyped up so it's best to compare price, especially as a lot of promoters will release their deals before the day itself. But for your reference this year Black Friday is 24th November and Cyber Monday is 27th November. Last year a lot of retailers ran their deals for the entire weekend so if there is a shop or item you're hoping to get discounts in/on then just keep an eye on their website for sale news soon!
Also, pop on over to our Facebook page where you will find a selection of competitions; it's also a wonderful comping community where you can chat to other compers and share your own comping news and advice.
Plus don't forget that tomorrow The Postcard Store are putting their prices up, so if you want to grab a pack of your favourites and beat the price increase, click here to visit their online shop now. 


Good luck and happy comping!


Sammy x