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.

Calling all foodies!

If you’re a real foodie then take a look at this ! Giraffe World Kitchen is looking for people that love world food as much as they do and want to reward one lucky person with a World Food Weekender job!


The winner must be able to travel in January 2017 across four consecutive weekends; it’s a bit of a mystery tour at the moment as the destinations won’t be unveiled until December! The winner will also need to film a vlog for each location and create 10 social media posts across each weekend.


So what do you need to do to enter? All you need to do is submit a photo to Instagram of the best dish you’ve ever tasted abroad using the hashtag #giraffekitchentravels. You also need to tell them the name of the dish and the country of origin, along with 50 words on why you should become Giraffe’s World Food Weekender. Entries close at midday on 30th November so you need to be fairly quick with this one and are limited to one per person/household.


Good luck!


Sammy x


'Tis the season...almost!
November has been a really slow month comping wise for me; I've had a couple of surprise book wins but that has been it. I'm still entering all the comps that I usually do and hopefully at some point my luck will change! And with the start of the advents in just over a week the comping will really ramp up. I've even seen some promoters already start advent-style competitions, which is much earlier than usual. There are some doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment, so if you have an account then you can always search for early running advent competitions in the search bar. I would suggest using the hashtag #advent (or similar) and see what it brings up. And don't forget you still have time to register for ourAdvent Competitions website - all completely free and guaranteed to bring you the very best list of advent comps around. If you're not a Simply PrizesCoffee Break Winner or Competition Club member (where you're already signed up!), just visit the Advent Competitions 2016 website and register your details. You'll then receive an email from us shortly with more information and you'll be good to go when the advents start on 1st December.
Now onto this week's competitions and the chance to win a winter break away- good luck all!
Heart Radio is offering you the chance to win a winter weekend away with Southeastern trains. Log in/register and answer the following question here before 23.59 on 4th December; where would you find the Royal Observatory? Suggested answer - Greenwich.
The Telegraph has a ten-night trip to Utah and Eider outfits worth £10,500 up for grabs. Just enter your details here before midnight on 2nd December.
The Suffolk Coast and Greater Anglia are giving away a fabulous three-night stay for up to five people with Suffolk Secrets at Woodpeckers luxury holiday cottage in Southwold, worth £615 and a personal shopping experience complete with £150 to spend at Collen & Clare! Simply submit your details here before 20.00 on 7th December.
The Royal Mail is offering their free letter from Santa service once again. The kiddies need to make sure they write their letters and send them before 9th December to ensure they receive a reply (although in the t&c's the Royal Mail say they can't guarantee a reply but this seems to have run well over the last few years). The address they need is Santa/Father Christmas, Santa's Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ with a stamp attached!
Keep an eye on the Portable North Pole website too as you can create free personalised video messages from Santa. It's not open for use yet but will be soon!
And from 1st December the Norad site will be open and ready for business once again. This is where you can track Santa on Christmas Eve and there is always lots of fun games the children can play too.


Good luck!

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