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.

Win yourself some cash!


After my cash win of £500 through Chat magazine it got me thinking about gameshows; as most of you probably know I’ve now done three. Two of which I won cash prizes on and one where I went out in the first round (ha!). However, win or lose the experience is fantastic and I’ll never forget any of them. But winning that money last week has given me the urge to take a look and see which ones are looking for contestants. Going on a TV gameshow is a brilliant way of possibly grabbing yourself a fair amount of money. The first one I ever did with a mate we walked away with £17,000! For any hints and tips about applying for shows you can read my full guide here. So take a look below at a selection of current shows that are open for applications; good luck and don’t forget to let me know if you apply for any. You can contact me via email (info@oxonpress.co.uk) or our Facebook page .


  • Gary Barlow’s new show is looking for contestants; so if you’re pretty good at singing and dancing then this could be for you! Applications are only open until 2pm on 12th August so be quick! Apply here.
  • Apply here to Decimate, hosted by Shane Richie. Again be quick as only open until 29th July.
  • The Chase (if you’re brave enough!) is looking for contestants for series 10. You can apply here and there is no closing date mentioned.
  • The Chase is also looking for families to take part in The Chase Family Edition. Applications are open until 7th October. Apply here.
  • Fifteen to One is open for applications; I can’t see any closing date mentioned. Apply here .


See you on the TV!


Sammy x




Entertain your kids for free this summer


I had a day out at Legoland with the family last week and to top off a lovely trip I came home to a letter from Chat magazine telling me I had won £500! It's been a fantastic way to start the holidays and has given me some more spending money for Disneyland Paris where we go next week. Cash wins are such a bonus, and another way of grabbing yourself some pounds can be through TV gameshows. On my blog you'll find some links to ones that are currently looking for contestants.
In the meantime it's over to you guys for my pick of the comps for this week; child themed due to the summer hols. Good luck!
Butlins has one of three family tickets to see Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain live in the West End up for grabs. Just enter your details here before 23.59 on 8th August.
Littlebird are offering you the chance to win a Scholastic Children's Books summer reading book bundle worth over £100. Submit your entry here before 12th August.
Intu Victoria Centre has an amazing prize of a suite for 10 people to see Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Saturday 19th November at 10.30am. Enter your details here before 23.59 on 31st August.
If like me you are off on your hols abroad soon then do make sure your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is valid. This is a small credit card sized card that enables you to get free or discounted medical care in all EU countries and more. It doesn't replace travel insurance but you'll be entitled to the same treatment that local residents get. So if they get free medical treatment then so do you - if they pay, you pay exactly the same costs. If your EHIC needs renewing or you don't yet have one you can apply here. Be careful about googling this card though as often searches can take you to 'dodgy' sites where you'll be asked to pay for this and this card is completely free.

Good luck and happy comping!


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