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



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