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.

How has it been for you?

So as we head to the end of the first full week of the advent competitions I’ve been hearing from lots of you via our Facebook page about issues you are having with some Facebook entries.


It appears that good old Facebook is un-liking new pages that you have liked overnight. Often compers are seen as spam on Facebook and can end up having commenting and liking bans or similar. I too thought I was having a mad moment on Saturday when entering some comps and realising that the pages I had liked previously were all un-liked! And it’s a bit of a bug bear when some of the entry requirements are to like the page!


Unfortunately there is not a great deal we can do about this and whilst it is frustrating we can try to minimise issues we have.


  • Try not to like too many pages in a small amount of time.
  • If you don’t have to, don’t share. The more stuff you share and the more people you tag on Facebook the more Facebook can see you as spam.
  • Make sure you put lots of personal stuff on there too; photos and normal statuses and not just comp entries.
  • When commenting, try not to comment with the same thing all the time; mix it up a bit.
  • Maybe stick to comps on already ‘liked’ pages so you don’t have to like any new ones.


If you are one of the ones experiencing the un-liking take a break from Facebook comps for a couple of days; if social media comping is your thing there are plenty of other platforms offering advent comps – Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest all have current competitions. And there are lots and lots of web based ones doing the rounds too.


Don’t forget also that our Facebook page is a great comping community and there are always other compers available with their own advice and tips too! And I am there most evenings and can always try and help with any problems you may be experiencing.


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