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.

Reading out loud!

I’ve found a great little comp here that could help you encourage your children to read! My daughter is an absolute avid bookworm; my son on the other hand would rather play on his Xbox! And as my children are getting older and moving up in school years they are getting more and more homework and one of those subjects is to read daily for 20 minutes…and I struggle to get my son to swap that Xbox controller for a book most days.


The Book Trust have a competition running where you need to film yourself (or someone else) reading out loud. And in exchange for this you’ll be put into a prize draw with the chance of winning a ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ goody bag; it includes a signed book, signed print and other fun goodies.


Alongside receiving the goody bag the winners will feature in a compilation video to celebrate Cressida Cowell’s residency at BookTrust and shared family reading.


So, to enter you simply need to email across your video (which should be no longer than 1 minute) to: ad@hachettechildrens.co.uk. If anyone under the age of 18 appears in the video then you will need to fill in a photo release form which will be sent to you from the publisher. If the entrant is under 18 then the parent or guardian’s details must be included in the entry.


I think this could be a great little family comp to enter and with half-term looming in October it may help to pass some time too! Entries are open until 23.59 on 9th January so you have plenty of time to submit your video.


Good luck!


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