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.

Happy Easter!


Just one more day and then we can all breathe a sigh of relief at a very nice four day weekend! I’m not going to have much time for comping as we have friends to stay so will be drinking, eating and socialising for the best part of it. However, the kids are back to school next Tuesday so I will then be able to get myself into gear and back into my comping routine! I do always enjoy a bit of a break from this hobby though as it gives me a renewed enthusiasm to get back into it.


April has been pretty slow off the mark prize wise and my first win for the month turned up Saturday; a bundle of wool from Simply Knitting. I’m not a particularly dab hand with needles so I gifted this prize to my Aunt – who was very thrilled to receive a batch of baby bamboo wool. I also won a case of water from Healthy Living on Facebook at the start of this week.

 Knitting win


With tomorrow being Good Friday, keep an eye out on social media for any themed ‘Easter’ giveaways. A lot will probably run the length of the Easter weekend so if you’re busy tomorrow check back in over the next few days for a peek at what’s about. Hashtags are a great way to search social media for specific competitions; so using #GoodFridayGiveaway #Eastercompetition are both examples of the sort of thing you can try.


There are already lots of Easter competitions running and one of my favourites that I’ve spotted is via the Q Hotels Facebook page ; all you have to do is post a picture of you and your loved ones having fun this Easter with the caption #EasterSnaps and you’ll then be in the running to win a two night break including dinner on the first night. This one runs until midnight on the 17th so you’ve plenty of time to enter.


Our offices are closed over the Easter break but I’ll be contactable via our Facebook page for any competition advice you may need. Please be aware though I am unable to help with any account queries as I work remotely from home and I don’t have access to customer details. If you do need to contact customer services they will be back in action from Tuesday morning at 9am!


I’d like to wish you all a very happy Easter; I find chocolate and comping work quite well together!


Sammy x



Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)


There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)


I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.


So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.


Chat soon!


Sammy x