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.

Dragonfly Tea short story competition!

 

 

Now if you’re pretty good at putting pen to paper then put the kettle on and take a look at this! Dragonfly tea has launched their 2016 short story competition. With a theme of ‘discovery’ this creative comp is open to all ‘as yet unknown’ writers. There is a maximum word limit of 3,000 but no minimum and the winner and runner ups will be decided by a panel of judges.

 

In partnership with the Henley Literary Festival a group of short-listed entrants will be invited to a special prize giving ceremony at the festival on Sunday 2 October where the winners will be announced. The prizes are as follows; 1st prize £1500, 2nd prize £750 and 3rd prize £250.

 

The closing date is 29th August and entry can be made online here (link 1), scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

On top of that they also have a children’s comp running too. With a theme of ‘adventure’, a minimum word limit of 500 and three age categories (4-7, 8-11, 12-15) this could be a good way of keeping the kiddies amused for a day or two over half term! Each winner will receive a £50 voucher and £100 worth of book vouchers for their school. Closing date is also 29th August.

 

The full terms and conditions can be found here and I would recommend you give them a read before entering.

 

Good luck all!

 

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