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.

Friday’s Comping Chatter!

I love Fridays; thoughts of the children finishing school, the hubby finishing work and that long needed end-of-week glass of wine; which is exactly what I am planning for tonight alongside some comps. I am trying to get a few more days ahead on a Friday night so that on a Saturday I have a night off – well this is my plan for 2017 and so far, so good! I really am sticking to my comping resolutions! Oh shush, I know we are only two weeks in but I am continuing to feel motivated and keeping with my routine is making me feel ultra-organised!


Now if the weekends leave you struggling for things to do with the children (blasted cold weather!) then take a look at this. 500 words is back -  Chris Evan’s short story writing competition for kids.


500 words is open to children aged 5-13 in the UK and has become one of the most popular short story writing comps going. There is a live lesson on Monday 16th at 11am which will provide great inspiration and ideas for children wanting to enter the competition.


There are first, second and third prizes and also the top 50 shortlisted entrants will receive a pair of tickets to the final.


Entries don’t open until Monday 16th at 8am and close on Thursday 23rd February at 7pm. You can access the online entry form at www.bbc.co.uk/500words from Monday. And the full terms and conditions can be found here.


I’ll definitely be encouraging Abigail to enter this; I think I’ll be talking to the wall with Barnaby who would much rather hold an Xbox controller than a pen! But if you have a child that loves to write and is imaginative then this could be the perfect comp for them.


Good luck to all my little SP’ers!


Have a good weekend!


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