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.

Impress your mates with some VIP treatment in Rome!


Yesterday was the start of the Easter holidays for us here in Kent so I’m sure by the end of it I will be one very frazzled Mummy! My comp entries will take a bit of a dip too as for the most part I am referee and all round entertainer for two very energetic children; leaving not much time for anything else. I will try and get the kids involved in some comping though (as they are quickly developing their Mum’s passion for winning) and we will make sure to take lots of pictures on our travels to store up ready for any creative photo competitions. So I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I don’t think April will be as good a month as March for me; but you never know! Don’t forget too to tot up your winning entries for the previous month and let me know how you did – any that are published as winning letters on our website will bag themselves a tenner! You can either email in to info@oxonpress.co.uk or let me know via our Facebook page  .
If you’re in the mood for winning (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) then head on over to our website where you’ll find a whole host of competitions to keep you busy. My two favourites at the moment are a four-night stay in San Francisco with £500 spending money chucked in and I rather fancy the ultimate penthouse weekend in Rome where you get to enjoy a little star treatment. Included are not only flights and transfers, but an overnight stay in a two-bedroom suite at one of Rome’s top luxury hotels, hire of in-suite massage and manicure or pedicure treatments for all four winners, three-course room service dinner and drinks, five hand-picked movies on Blu-ray delivered to the suite with a hamper of movie snack favourites, including popcorn, tortilla chips, pick ‘n’ mix sweets and chocolates, breakfast/brunch at the hotel restaurant the following morning and €400 spending money! You can always take me if you win!!
Now I’ve also found a rather special prize this week to share with you all. Who fancies cruising across the Norwegian Fjords for seven-nights? Yes thought you might! To be in with a chance of getting your place on that boat just answer the following question here before 23.59 on 23rd April; which of these is a Holland America Line home port? Suggested answer – Amsterdam.
With the majority of kids now on their Easter break and parents pulling their hair out, check out these great foodie deals from Hungry Horse where you can treat the whole family for £15 (T&C’s apply) and Strada where kids can eat for a quid (T&C’s apply)! Not only that, but Hungry Horse are also giving you the chance to win a grand (plus other prizes too)! Just purchase a main meal with them anytime between now and 23rd April, visit HungryHorseHoppyEaster , enter the code from your receipt and find out what you’ve won!
For free things to do with the children make sure you check out your local Lego store , they offer a free build for kids on the first Thursday of every month, Pets at Home run free workshops, Hobbycraft run free crafting sessions and Hamleys has lots of free Easter fun on throughout the holidays.


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