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.

(30th Aug) Once upon a time

I know from speaking to a few of you on our Facebook page that some of the younger members of your households may well have gone back to school already but for those of you that still have the kids ruling the roost (mine included – who don’t go back until 7th September!!) take a look at this comp.


Joules has created a storybook competition which is open to children of all ages and has a star prize of a micro scooter, a puffin book collection, £1,000 joules gift card and a printed storybook. Not only that but ten runners-up will each receive a micro scooter, £100 joules gift card and a printed story book.


They are looking for interesting and creative stories (as stated in the t&c’s) so allow the kid’s imaginations to run wild! There is a video tutorial too should help be needed.


You can get creating here and you have until 23.59 on 11th September to submit your entry.


Good luck! The End!


Sammy x


(30 AUG) Jet off to Hong Kong, Dubai, New York, Toronto or Thailand!
As most of you know I'm currently on holiday cruising around the Med; we've been having a blast and have literally been treated like royalty. I actually don't want to come home, but unless I win the lottery whilst I'm here I'll be back to reality soon! And although I don't want my break to end, I am secretly looking forward to getting back into comping; I'm always the same when I've had a spell of not doing any. So September will be a lovely fresh start, kids are back to school and I'm back into my routine; bring on the wins!!
However for all of you back in the UK edging to get stuck into some good comps I've found some belters for you this week - another bumper edition so good luck!
The Evening Standard is giving you the chance to win a trip to Hong Kong, Dubai, New York, Toronto or Thailand! Simply enter your details here before 23rd September.
Sainsbury's Magazine has Abba Classics tickets and an overnight stay at The Cavendish London up for grabs. Submit your details here before 23.59 on 12th September.
Women and Golf is offering one lucky person a Daily Sports outfit worth £500. Answer the following question here before 16th September; what is the colour that is harmonised with plum in the new autumn/winter collection? Answer - C) Grey.
They also have a spa break for two up for grabs. Enter your details here before 16th September.
Period Ideas has a bed, headboard and mattress worth a whopping £2,600 to give away to one lucky person. Just answer the following question here before 9th September; Hypnos is based in which county? Answer - Buckinghamshire.
Win the ultimate camping set up from Coleman. Simply submit your details here before 13th September.
As always keep an eye on my blog for more competition news and videos.

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