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


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