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.

Bedtime story competition

If you know a child between the ages of 5 and 11 who happen to have a brilliant idea for a bedtime story then read on!


Book People currently have a bedtime story competition open to children aged 5-11 where they need to write a picture book of 200-800 words featuring animals.


This is a judged competition and they are looking for entirely original stories which are perfect for bedtime.


The lucky winner will have the chance to work with an editor from Little Tiger Press who will help their story come to life. Illustrator Ada Grey will work on the book too and it will then be published in 2017. Alongside this fantastic opportunity the winner will also bag themselves £250 worth of book vouchers and £250 vouchers for their school too. On top of this there will be two runner-up prizes of £100 book vouchers for the child and £100 book vouchers for their school, plus a signed print from Ada Grey. Then two specially commended prizes of £50 book vouchers for the child and £50 book vouchers for their school.


Entries need to be submitted here by the parent or guardian and the deadline is 23.59 on 24th October. Five shortlisted entrants will then be contacted and invited to attend an awards ceremony on 3rd November 2016 with one parent/guardian, where the winner will be announced.


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