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



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