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!


Argh! I’m really not having much luck with the comping this month and as we head even closer to the end my prize spreadsheet is looking decidedly empty! I’ve been really making sure I stay on top of the entering too so I’m feeling pretty de-motivated to say the least. I know this hobby has its highs and lows but when you’re putting in the effort and not getting anything back it’s hard to feel positive.


I’ve had moments like this before and I know at some point my luck will change and therefore I just need to persevere. So here are my top tips for those dreaded ‘dry-spells’!


  • Look for low entry competitions; these can often be in the form of local promotions that are restricted to your area only or creative ones that require a bit of effort. Both will attract fewer entries thus increasing your chances of scooping a win.
  • Try comps that are only open for a short period of time; companies will often run a comp just for a day or two usually on social media. And you can also see how many people have entered too by the likes, retweets or shares.
  • Also be careful who you share a low-entry comp with as often this can then become the complete opposite! So my advice would be to enter at the last minute if the terms of entry require a share or retweet.
  • Shop to win promotions can also be quite lucrative if you enter at the start; if promotional packs are delayed getting to their destinations and you manage to pick one up from somewhere you might only be one of the few entrants in the beginning. Also if the comp is a winning moment or hourly draw then it’s a good idea to enter when not many others are; for example in the early hours of the morning or late at night.
  • Look through your win folders or spreadsheets of previous prizes; I’ve won some fantastic things and when I look back it really does spur me on to ‘not give up’!


I’d love to hear your tips for comping when the chips are down so please do get in touch. You can either email me at info@oxonpress.co.uk or drop me a post on our Facebook page .


Chat soon!


Sammy x



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