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



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