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.




 Over the summer months if you happen to spot a great big red thing in the sky then grab your camera and take a pic!


Virgin Balloons has launched a Spot the Balloon Competition; and spotting one this season could net you your very own balloon ride for two.


If you are lucky enough to be able to grab a picture then try and keep it as original and creative as possible. Upload your photo to social media using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest with the hashtag #BalloonSpotter. Tag Virgin in the photo and be sure to write a short description of where you spotted it.


If you are not on social media you can email them via photos@virginballoonflights.co.uk with the above details.


Their favourite photos will be shared on social media with a winner being chosen at the end of November. And if you are the lucky person you’ll bag yourself a Sunrise Gift Package For Two – a hot air balloon ride for two people, plus their popular helium balloon in a box and a box of milk chocolate Champagne truffles.


More details and the full t&c’s can be found here – happy snapping!


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