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.

March's Comping Calendar


As we head into a new month tomorrow I’ve found some dates to bookmark, themed days that promoters may run comps alongside. Most of these will be run across social media and the best way to search for them will be using a hashtag before the named day in the search bar.


  • 1st March – National Bed Month.
  • 1st March – Dole More Fruit Month
  • 1st March – Women’s History Month.
  • 1st March – World Compliment Day
  • 1st March – Time for a Cuppa!
  • 1st March – St David’s Day
  • 2nd March – World Book Day
  • 2nd March – National Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd March – World Wildlife Day
  • 5th March – St Piran’s Day
  • 6th March – National Apprenticeships Week (6th-10th)
  • 6th March – British Pie Week (6th-12th)
  • 6th March – National Conversation Week (6th-12th)
  • 8th March – International Women’s Day
  • 8th March – National No Smoking Day
  • 9th March – Crufts
  • 10th March – British Science Week (10th-19th)
  • 11th March – National Singles Day
  • 13th March – Nutrition and Hydration Week (13th-19th)
  • 13th March – National Butchers Week (13th-19th)
  • 17th March – St Patrick’s Day (and my birthday!)
  • 19th March – National Poultry Day
  • 20th March – International Day of Happiness
  • 20th March – World Oral Health Day
  • 20th March – The Big Pedal (scootering and cycling challenge)
  • 20th March – First Day of spring!
  • 21st March – International Day of Forests
  • 22nd March – World Water Day
  • 23rd March – World Meteorological Day
  • 24th March – Red Nose Day
  • 25th March – English Tourism Week (25th-2nd April)
  • 26th March – Mother’s Day
  • 31st March – Wear a Hat Day
  • 31st March – NSPCC Big Board Game Day


Keep an eye on the blog towards the end of March and I’ll find some themes for April!


Good luck!


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