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.

Five minutes of stardom!



I had a bit of an unusual experience recently where I did some filming work for a TV production company. They came to my house and alongside three other members of my family we all took part – it certainly gave the neighbours something to talk about!


I came across this opportunity purely by chance. I follow a twitter feed called Cast Me which I regularly look at for quiz show posts. It’s a platform used by different TV companies who are all looking for everyday people to take part in a host of different shows. Some may be giving you the chance to apply for a quiz show, others are posting about people looking to appear in a new documentary and others may be for things like extras or what I took part in. Most will pay you too!


A lot will be looking for people at short notice so if you can be flexible then even better! I tend to give it a browse every 1-2 days as updates go on throughout the day and I don’t want to miss anything interesting!


Often once the researchers have your details they will keep your name on file and contact you should anything that matches your specifications come up. Sometimes they may even email you about a show asking you to pass it on to anyone that may match what they are looking for.


Take a look and let me know what you think; especially if you end up taking part in something! You can drop me a line via email on info@oxonpress.co.uk or post on our Facebook wall.


Good luck!


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