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



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