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



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