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.

Comping with kids!


My kiddies have broken up from school and they’ve got a massive seven weeks off! I’m sure I’ll survive the long summer hols…just!


My own personal comping does always take a bit of a back seat in the summer break however this is the time where I try and take lots of photos whilst we are out and about with the children (they make such willing models) and they come in very handy for creative photographic comps. Often at this time of the year promoters are just looking for ‘summer’ themed pictures, so be sure to always have your smart phone to hand when you’re out on your travels. Local companies may also be looking for ‘local’ pics, so try and include famous local landmarks etc. in your frame! Silly action shots of the kids always go down a treat too and if you can snap anything unusual even better! Keep the pictures in a separate folder either on your phone or transferred across to your PC so you have lots to hand to enter when the time comes.


Keep an eye and ear out on local press and radio as they will advertise ‘local’ comps and there are always lots at this time of the year. Even libraries get in on the act – my local one has a reading challenge that the kids can sign up to. Social media pages of local shopping centres and outlets can be a good source of comps as can local theatres and parks. Often they will have kid themed competitions which are a fun way to get the children involved in your hobby!


And don’t forget we feature kid’s comps in our weekly update too! Be sure to let me know if your children are lucky over the holidays; you can contact me via email at info@oxonpress.co.uk with kid’s comps in the subject line or via our Facebook page. If I hear of any national comps that the children can get involved in I’ll post details there!


Happy holidays!


Sammy x


P.S *TOP TIP* If you do have some personal spare time then try entering comps for yourself. The summer months (especially July and August when the children are away from school) often sees a decline in entries as a lot of people are out and about with the family or off on their hols; so make the most of this and nab some prizes if you can!




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