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.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


Happy 2016! As we head into a new comping year I like to take a look back over the previous one to see how I fared, and set up a wish-list of prizes for the coming months.


I find having something to work to spurs me on and helps to keep me focused on the comping after the frantic advents of December!


My wish-list for 2016 is:

  1. A summer holiday – I’ve won quite a few ‘short-breaks’ during my time in comping but I’ve yet to win an all singing, all dancing holiday!
  2. Although we’ve only just got over Christmas I’d love a trip to Lapland – really want to take the children while they still believe!
  3. A Merlin Pass (preferably for all the family) – now the younger two are getting a bit bigger and thrill-seeking rides come into force, I’d love to make the most of all the theme parks in the South East where I live.
  4. A Kindle – I love reading and I have a Kobo (but that’s rather ancient now) so a new e-reader would be most welcome.
  5. An Apple watch – a desired tech toy for the hubby.
  6. A cash prize – I’ve won a few in the past (mainly from gameshows) and money wins are a real buzz
  7. A washing machine – mine is terribly old now and although it’s still going strong a new more up to date model would be lovely.
  8. Euro 2016 tickets – my son is getting to be a real football fan and is already super excited about this so winning some tickets would be a dream for him
  9. Attraction tickets for London – I’m 40 in March (shush!) and have a weekend booked in the capital. But at the moment it’s just the accommodation, so winning stuff that I can fill my weekend up with would be a real treat
  10. Cinema tickets – we love to go and do this as a family and now the younger two are older it’s a really enjoyable but ever so pricey outing


Do get in touch with your own wish-lists; I’d love to see what you are aiming for this year. As always you can get in touch via Facebook or pop me an email at info@oxonpress.co.uk with ‘Wish list 2016’ in the subject line. Don’t forget any letters that we publish on our website will bag you a tenner.


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