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.

Tuesday Talk!

How was Blue Monday for you? I found it pretty exciting as there were plenty of extra competitions around, all restricted to entering on Monday only! This led me to think that as a comper it would be a pretty good idea to have a comping calendar; one where we can make a note of days that have a theme. Just like #bluemonday – promoters often run competitions that incorporate a theme into it, so I thought I’d kick start this for you and give you a little heads up to some ‘days’ that are coming up!


  • 18th January – National Winnie the Pooh day.
  • 19th January – National Popcorn Day! Not too sure if this will attract many comps but there might be a few foodie ones out there for us!
  • 20th January – National Cheese Lover’s Day. Check out the cheese companies on social media for themed giveaways.
  • 21st January – International sweat pants day….hmmm…again not sure if this will attract much but could definitely be worth searching for the hashtag across social media and see if it brings anything up!
  • 21st January – Also on this day you have National Hug Day.
  • 23rd January – National Pie Day. Could be a few meat pies given away on this day!
  • 25th January – Burns Night. Keep an eye out for Scottish themed comps.
  • 26th January – Australia Day. Could be worth searching for comps themed to this.
  • 28th January – Chinese New Year. This could be a pretty big one and you never know you might even see comps for trips to China!
  • 28th January – 3rd February – This is National Story Telling Week so there should be lots of literary comps doing the rounds!


As a tip I would suggest keeping an eye on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as the themed comps are mainly run there. Stick a hashtag before the named day in the search bar – and away you go!


Keep an eye on the blog towards the end of January and I’ll find some themes for February! There is a pretty big one for the 14th as we all know – nudge, nudge, wink, wink!


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