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.

Falling back in love with comping!



It’s fairly easy to fall in and out of love with comping; I know I have a pretty tough love/hate relationship with this hobby of mine at times! Often if I’ve had a dry spell or a month of comping mayhem (like the Christmas advent comps) I can almost feel like giving up! But then I have to remind myself that it is only a hobby and one that rewards me in ways other pastimes couldn’t.


So here are my top tips if you’re feeling like throwing in the towel;


  • Have a break – you might only want to take a few days off or you might want a whole month off. But, if you feel that you’re getting stressed at entering comps – stop! It’s a hobby and it’s meant to be fun. You’ll soon start getting itchy fingers to get back on the computer with a renewed vigour.
  • Look back over past wins – I find keeping a scrap book of photos from prizes, a folder of winning letters and comp slips and a separate email folder of WEM’s helps to keep the magic alive! Often you can forget how a win feels but look back through your memories and you’ll soon get the buzz again.
  • Pace yourself and be selective. Set aside time for your hobby, just as you would with going to the gym for example and enter for things that you want or could gift to someone; rather than for things that are of no use to you! Pointless winning a year’s supply of dog food if you don’t have a dog, right?!
  • Make a wish-list – this is a great way of organising your comping and focusing your energy on winning prizes that you really want. A wish-list doesn’t have to include expensive items, just things that would benefit you if you won them.
  • Search out local comps or others that have low entry (like creative ones); it only takes one win to get you back on track and these sort offer higher chances of scooping the prize than your standard prize draw.
  • Chat to other compers and seek encouragement. We have a lovely community feel on our Simply Prizes Facebook page and it’s a great place to ask advice or just have a chat.


And don’t forget you can always contact me personally for advice or help via our Facebook page or email – info@oxonpress.co.uk.


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