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



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