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


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