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!




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