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Entering online competitions is a great way to nab free prizes for very little effort. They’re usually fast and fun to enter, and your chances of winning are often much higher than you’d imagine. Right now there are lots of people out there snapping up all the prizes you could be winning, but as the saying goes ‘you gotta be in it to win it’!
- Warning, warning, warning!
- Latest online competitions – try them now!
- Online competitions
- Competitions in newspapers and magazines
- Slogan competitions
If you enter an online competition you’ll be asked to include your email address. This generally means that your inbox will soon be flooded with spam – lots and lots of it. To avoid this problem all you have to do is set up a separate email account.
Try Outlook (formerly Hotmail), Yahoo or Gmail for a free email account. This can be your ‘competition account’, where everything competition related gets sent. That way your personal email account gets left alone, and you still get the chance to win big prizes. Don’t let the spam win!
Do also note that for some of these competitions you have to give your phone number. Not all these companies give you the choice of opting out of receiving marketing texts etc, so make sure you check the terms and conditions if you hate receiving them.
- Win a portable digital Wi-Fi internet radio – enter here.
- Win free laser eye surgery or a £150 Sunglass Hut gift card – enter here.
- Win £200 from The Daily Telegraph for your travel writing article (no more than 500 words) There is £200 a week available and if you write article of the year you will win £1,000 – enter here.
- Win £2,000 to spend on Flights from Manchester or London to anywhere in the world – enter here.
- Win £2,000 to spend at Sainsbury’s – enter here.
Also, take a look at our competition section on the website here. Here are some different types of competitions to consider entering:
Tip 1: Remember you MUST set up a separate email account to enter online competitions, or you’ll find your inbox clogged up with nasty spam.
Tip 2: Concentrate on reputable brands or companies. Competitions like the chance to win £250 to spend at ASDA are good to get started with. Also, check out Goodtoknow for their regular fun competitions (mostly aimed at women and families).
Tip 3: Never pay to enter an online competition. If you like browsing through competition sites, stick to ones which offer free entry like Freepostcodelottery.com. This is a great little site which gives away £20 every day at noon to one of the postcodes on their list. There’s no catch; the only downside is that you have to check each day to see if your number has come up. This increases the site’s traffic which helps them get advertising on it. So if you can be bothered to keep checking the site you could win at least £20 – or £100s if it keeps rolling over! Take a look at our article about how to make money from your postcode here.
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Newspaper and magazine-run competitions are very similar to online competitions. For the most part all you have to do is visit their website and answer a simple question, or fill out a postcard and mail it in to enter.
Again, you’ll need to register your details as the whole point of the competition for them is to generate traffic and boost subscriptions.
Tip! It’s a good idea to grab free postcards whenever you can to enter competitions where you have to send in your answer. These sort of entry-form competitions take a bit more effort – and therefore have far fewer entrants. So if you do come across them, get your answers in as you have a greater chance of winning.
Don’t be put off by the big ticket items – remember, fewer people enter these competitions believing the odds of winning are slimmer. Check out these current competitions on offer:
- The Daily Telegraph – Win dinner for two at Bibendum Restaurant, London
- Mirror - Win £500 and a month’s supply of Hunger Breaks
- The Guardian – Win a complete Asian cookery set and ingredients.
- The Daily Express - Win a brand new Fiat 500s.
- Marie Claire – Win a boutique escape for two.
- Glamour – Win tickets to the Harry Potter studio tour.
- Tesco magazine - Win a family break to the Caribbean island of Antigua.
- Elle - Win Dolce and Gabbana Skincare.
- Stylist -
Win two tablet PCs.
- Company – Win Walking on Sunshine premiere tickets.
Think you’ve got a bit of creative genius in you? Slogan competitions are terrific for the keen comper who’s ready and willing to put in a little more effort than simply typing in an email address or sending back a postcard.
Companies love to use slogan competitions as a way to market their products at low costs and encourage consumers to think positively about what they’re selling. With most slogan competitions, the sponsor company will begin by having you answer a few simple questions to determine whether or not you’re fit for the task. You may be asked to complete some part of a phrase in an ‘apt and original’ manner.
Once again, because so few people make an effort to enter, slogan competitions are a dream for the avid comper. How YOU can create knock-your-socks-off slogans:
- CompersNews monthly newsletter publishes thousands of prize-winning slogans. Have a look at those that have won in the past to help you get an idea of the kinds of slogans that companies look for.
- Winning slogans typically have rhyme, rhythm or a pun. Go out and grab yourself a rhyming dictionary and dictionary of English idioms at Amazon, which takes all the hassle out of creating history’s next greatest slogan!
- Remember that the point of the slogan is to advertise the product in a positive light. Your slogan should always make the product look good.
- Word limits are key! Slogans that surpass the given word limit will not be considered. Always stick to the competition rules.
- If possible, enter more than once. But be careful – don’t send in several horrible slogans. Instead, come up with two really good ideas that are different in their approach – for example one that’s clever and witty and one that’s more direct and serious. Be careful to check the terms and conditions of each competition as some specify that you can only make one entry.
- Remember – the more obscure or difficult the competition, the fewer the entrants and the better chance you have of winning.
- Join websites like Loquax and CompersNews for free details on upcoming competitions.
So, remember: set up a separate email address for any unwanted junk mail, and enter as many online competitions as you can. The more you enter, the more likely you are to win!