The Magic of Crafty Creative Competitions

 

 

I often browse Instagram on my lunch break. I’m a late adopter of Instagram but now I love it more than Facebook and Youtube. I like art and finding creative people on Instagram. I often go down the rabbit hole, lose myself and my lunch break too!

 

The other day, I noticed a sponsored post that caught my eye. GlucoJel Jelly Beans was having a competition to win 20K. Nice prize I thought. Would come in handy. The only catch was, you had to create an artwork digitally using Jelly Beans. Yes, I know, I put it in the ‘its too hard’ bucket too and I can’t compete with all the ‘super creative’ people out there. I was discouraged but knew that I had to do something different to change my losing ways. Maybe a creative craft competition would do the trick?

 What are creative competitions?

Creative and crafty competitions can be picture competitions, product competitions, kids colouring competitions and many more. Once you create the artwork, picture or complete the activity, you can be required to share on social media as part of the terms and conditions.

 

Suddenly, I remembered one of my biggest prizes I won years ago was a creative competition. I created a mood board/collage to win $1000 worth of sheets. I put in a lot of effort in and I think I even came up with a 25 word or less answer too. The point is I won. I got creative, mailed it in and my family had brand spanking new sheets.

 

So I convinced myself I was going to enter Gluco Jel Jelly Bean Competition. I was going to come up with a really intricate design and go for it. I can be a super creative too I decided. I look at arty things all the time on social media. How hard could it be?

 

One hour later and I was still intricately arranging these jelly beans with my mouse pad. One by one, I changed the colours, dropping and dragging them until the positioning was just right. I shed a few tears of frustration in the making of my masterpiece but I did have a moment where I felt proud of myself but mostly let’s just say I went a little mad.

 

After reminding myself that it’s an unlimited competition and I had plenty of time and chances to enter. I shut the computer off to revisit another day.

 

The best thing about crafty creative competitions? The odds are in your favour. People stay clear of them. The higher the effort, the less people enter.

 

I’m still in the midst of creating my masterpiece but what did I learn? Patience is the key. The more creative I got, the more rewarded I felt and keep your eye on the prize never lose sight of it.

 

So get your creative juices flowing and enter a creative competition today.

My friend just became a comper…

 

 

A friend of mine recently became a comper. I had been telling her for a year or so about competition clubs and everything in between. She never really seemed that interested and thought it was all too much effort. That is, until last weekend I met up with her and she gave me the good news.

‘I joined!’ She said. Thrilled for her, I was also surprised.

She told me she joined a club and hasn’t looked back since. She was hooked. Then came the questions and I mean a lot of questions! And here were my answers:

  • What kind of 25 word or less questions win? Rhyming is good so poems but also one-liners.
  • But I’m not funny? You don’t need to be. I’ve seen some answers that were just clever.
  • But I’m not clever? Don’t be silly. I’m always surprised what I come up with and often or not I don’t know where that answer came from.
  • How do you get creative? If I’m stuck I go for a walk with the question in my head or I just think about it on the train. Mostly I just get the computer out and persist even if it means staring at a blank screen.
  • Do you keep all your 25 word or less answers? Yep, they go back years and are now living inside 4 documents.
  • Should I keep my 25 word or less answers? Yes. Its good to see your progress, get inspiration and rework previous answers for new competitions.
  • How do you fit it all in? Comp during your lunch break, at work (if you can), on public transport, basically everywhere!
  • How long have you been blogging about competitions? About 18 months.
  • How do you find things to blog about? There’s always stuff to write about with people like you!
  • Now what? Get comping. The more you enter the better your odds are.

Happy comping compers!

5 simple ways to increase your chances of winning in 2018

 

 

It’s easy to forget after the holiday break just how busy we get during the year and sometimes it feels like we get busier every year!

But, I know there is one thing that helps the year bump along nicely and that’s a prize or two. There is no feeling like it. I’m sure being a winner in 2018 is your top priority, so here are 5 simple ways to increase your chances of winning in 2018:

 

  1. Track and limit your time spend entering competitions

 

It might seem counteractive but actually limiting your time comping will sharpen your focus and help you use your time more effectively. Tracking your time will also help you learn when are your most productive times and of course the best times to work on your creative 25 word or less answers.

 

  1. Stop being a perfectionist

 

You’re probably never going to have that quite cottage in the country where you can enter competitions until your heart’s content. The kids will never stop annoying you and you’re most likely always going to have a manager looking over your shoulder. There will never be a perfect time, condition or environment, so best just to get on with it.

 

 

  1. Take advantage of your commute

 

Take a train, bus or tram to work? I get it, sometimes you don’t feel like it in the morning or on the way home and this is an acquired habit that will take time to build but it really is this is the best time to enter a few competitions.

 

  1. Save for later

We always seem to get more done when we have a plan, said perfectly by Winston Churchill ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. One of the best ways to plan ahead is to ‘save for later’. You can either save your links from competitions.com.au in a spreadsheet or Word document to revisit later. Then when it’s finally time you know exactly what you are doing.

 

  1. Utilize the forum

Need a codeword, got a question or having trouble with a competition? Check the Competitions.com.au forum out at competitions.com.au and you’re sure to find the answer and save heaps of time.

 

 

Using your time more effectively in 2018 has never been more crucial. Happy entering competitions everyone!

This Creative Winner knows how to nab a prize or two!

 

 

Nadia has been entering competitions for over fifteen years and has won hundreds of prizes. Read our interview with Nadia’s and discover her winning creative answer for the Thank You Nappies competition!

 

How long have you been entering competitions for?

I entered my first competition around the age of 10 (I am now 28).

 

How many prizes would you estimate you’ve won?

Anywhere between 200-400.

 

Do you have a system to keep track of your competitions and prizes?

No.

 

Are there any rituals or habits you do to entice lady luck?

Unfortunately, not just try and get on and enter as many as I can.

 

How many competitions do you enter daily, weekly or monthly?

10-20+ daily.

 

What is your dream prize?

A holiday! (international would be ideal)

 

Favourite competitions? Online, 25 Word or less, SMS etc.

Online.

 

What’s the best 25 word or less answer you have ever come up with?

Not necessarily the best but the last one I remember it was for the Thank you brand nappies on facebook;

T is for toddler
H is for high absorption
A is for aloe vera
N is for no leaks
K is for kind to the environment
Y is for yes for ending world poverty
O is for overall protection
U is for unbelievable softness
Thank you for creating a nappy with all these things mind.

 

Are your family and friends accepting and supporting of your hobby, if not can you elaborate?

Yes but as long as I don’t talk about it too much!

 

What’s the biggest prize you’ve won and what did you do when you found out?

I won an LG OLED TV 55” Curved OLED TV valued at $5999rrp and I found the email in my junk folder!!!

 

Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with other fellow compers?

Always check your junk folder in your inbox you never know what is waiting for you in there!

Christmas is a time for competitions?

 

 

I must say, I love this time of year. There are the Christmas decorations in all the stores, fairy lights glittering on people’s houses, the weather is consistently warm and you can finally pig out and enjoy yourself because the festive season is here! Everything is winding down and I finally have time to clear my inbox, read, relax, catch up on Netflix and of course enter as many competitions as I can.

 

Christmas is a time for reflection and family but I also like to think of it as a time to go a little crazy and enter as many competitions as I can before things wind down so much, I go into holiday mode and I just can’t get anything done on the computer and so I start my digital sabbatical.

 

Having more time, of course, will increase your chances and then there’s that ‘positive’ vibe we all radiate at the end of the year, which can’t hurt? Whether, your entering competitions at work or leisurely at home, it’s definitely the luckiest time of the year.

 

More entries = More chances = More prizes

 

Receiving the odd prize or two in the lead up to Christmas or New Year is always a thrill and like a present to yourself. After all, we all do work hard on our entries; we deserve a little extra Christmas cheer.

 

There’s also the bonus of the 12 days of Christmas Competitions, which add to the daily excitement of entering and seeing who’s winning every day. Creativity is also easier this time of year, 25 word or less answers can be unashamedly corny and ‘Christmasy’. Jingle rhymes well with tingle, mingle, single and so on.

 

Recently, I won two movie tickets and a Woolworths gift card, which made me think, I could possibly fill my summer social calendar with prizes. Activities could be free nights out, movies, gift cards with shopping sprees and of course selling the odd prize or two on eBay or Facebook. And how amazing would be the summer holidays be if I won a big one, a car or a holiday? 2018 could kick off with a bang!

 

Whether you’re winding down or winding up, Christmas is a time for competitions.

The Power of Positive Thinking Works for this Comper!

 

 

Every wondered if the power of positive thinking works. It does for heidiho73 from Competitions.com.au! Heidi is a dedicated comper with some great tips. Read her interview below.

 

How long have you been entering competitions for?

I’ve always entered the odd competition like those in magazines and on products, but I started doing it as a hobby with passion dedicating a few hours a day only this year.

How many prizes would you estimate you’ve won?

22 prizes this year so far with two wins this week and most including the last 2 with Competitions.com.au.

Do you have a system to keep track of your competitions and prizes?

I’m using a notebook and keeping a list but am currently setting up a king of spread sheet to use instead.

Are there any rituals or habits you do to entice lady luck?

I use the power of positive thought and language speaking to myself when typing my entries. I say “ I WILL win this IPhone X when my entry is chosen, I am a good person.” But I don’t do anything physical or have lucky charms.

What is your dream prize?

A great Laptop would be number 1 on my wish list as my family is all sharing the one laptop and with a new one I could enter more and win more prizes!

Favourite competitions? Online, 25 Word or less, SMS etc.

I really enjoy trivia so my favourite type are quizzes or a good tricky question. That also helps narrow the field a bit. They are the most fun.

What’s the best 25 word or less answer you have ever come up with?

My best 25 word or less answer was for a skincare competition and My answer was what my best beauty tip. Can’t recall the wording but the reply was water and sunscreen. I won a little prize. I don’t think I am very good at these.

Are your family and friends accepting and supporting of your hobby, if not can you elaborate?

Family and dear friends are always supportive but I have had the odd person go quiet when I explain my hobby to them. They get a lot more chatty when I tell them I’m winning a bit here and there at fairly regular intervals though.

What’s the biggest prize you’ve won and what did you do when you found out?

One of the biggest prizes was a $200 eftpos card. I was quite broke that week so I was elated and kept saying “ I cant believe it!” all day and through the next. Imagine how I will react when I win a car! ( note my positive language).

Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with other fellow compers?

  • Using a dedicated email account helps you keep track of entries and wins too.
  • Take your time and put thought into answers don’t just write what pops into your head.
  • Keep a log book to stop you accidentally entering one entry per person comps twice. I did this only yesterday and got myself disqualified.
  • Smaller prizes are good to enter and if you buy a product with a comp attached, keep receipts.

Winners Interview for all the travel lovers out there

 

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win three trips, well Ann aka ‘travlmad’ has done just that! Read the full interview below.

 

How long have you been entering competitions for?

Cannot really remember when I started but probably 10 years ago more or less.

 

How many prizes would you estimate you’ve won?

I am not a prolific winner but I am really grateful for my wins, the most incredible being a trip to Canada for the Calgary Stampede, (like the Easter Show but just horse events) extra special as we own horses and had talked about going for years.

I have won 3 trips in total, two within Australia, a “Block” Christmas party in Melbourne, 4 days in Uluru, and a $1000 gift card which was very unexpected. I seem to not be lucky at all with smaller prizes. My worst prize was a gift card which was not activated so could not be used, rather frustrating!

They were all wonderful experiences and the organizers looked after us beautifully and I always make a point of ringing or sending a thank you card after the prize is taken to the sponsor or company involved.

 

Do you have a system to keep track of your competitions and prizes?

No system, I like being surprised

 

Are there any rituals or habits you do to entice lady luck?

Not really, some answers come to me straight away, if I’m desperate for inspiration I ask my family for answer ideas, others I like to think about for a while and keep tweaking until I am happy to send it off into cyberspace.

 

How many competitions do you enter daily, weekly or monthly?

I probably spend up to nearly an hour a day entering competitions.

 

What is your dream prize?

Another overseas trip, a European river cruise is on the list, a car would be nice too,  or a big cash prize to keep traveling, yes it is an obsession of mine.

 

Favourite competitions? Online, 25 Word or less, SMS etc.

My favourite are the easy ones, but I always give the 25 words a go as that’s how I won my other travel prizes.

 

What’s the best 25 word or less answer you have ever come up with?

The Canadian win for 25 words is so corny I’m embarrassed to repeat it and still amazed it was picked, but I try and think of things a bit left of field, upbeat, funny and witty- but who knows what the winning formula is, depends entirely on what tickles the judges.

 

Are your family and friends accepting and supporting of your hobby, if not can you elaborate?

A first my family thought it was a big joke, but now I have won a few trips they encourage me and my husband keeps ribbing me if I have not won for a while. My friends are just encouraged to know someone actually does win these things and share in my excitement.

 

What’s the biggest prize you’ve won and what did you do when you found out?

Probably the Canadian one again and when the organizer rang I honestly thought one of my friends was hoaxing me so the poor girl took a while convincing me it was all on the level. After that I burst into tears and could not talk and my husband had to take over the call (he thought someone had died in the family). The other wins were not as dramatic as I received an email first and the confirmation call came afterwards, time enough to compose myself.

 

Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with other fellow compers?

Not really, I just enter comps that appeal to me, but I do not waste my time on 25 words for tickets or small things. I always strive to be original and fresh with answers., just give it a shot, you never know if that’s the winning entry.

Two Hundred Prizes and Counting. An Interview with Veronica.

 

 

Veronica aka Try2Win has been entering competitions for 3 years and has won over 200 prizes including free groceries for a whole year! Check out Try2Win’s tips and other golden nuggets in the interview below.

How long have you been entering competitions for?

I started entering competitions late in 2014, by accident really, bought a bag of Mars Bars, there was a competition on it, so decided to enter.  There were instant prizes of AFL prize packs, which included a 12 month membership to an AFL team of your choice.  Low and behold I won, was shocked.  Now being from NSW and an NRL supporter, I didn’t know much about AFL or the teams, but I knew of the Sydney Swans so picked them for my 12 month membership :-).  Was valued at $249.00

How many prizes would you estimate you’ve won?

During this time I have won nearly 200 prizes. Including candles, books, DVD’s, watches, kitchen appliances, tent, camping chairs and sleeping bags.  A trip to Sydney for cricket, gift vouchers and groceries, to name just a few.

Do you have a system to keep track of your competitions and prizes?

I have a spreadsheet set up, separate tabs for website competitions, another tab for facebook ones, another for others.  Then I have a tab set up for any wins, which records the date of win, prize, Sponsor/supplier, value and other details.

Are there any rituals or habits you do to entice lady luck?

I don’t really have any rituals or habits, but have learnt to go with your gut feeling.  Like, if entering an online or sms instant win competition, I don’t enter straight away, I wait until I have ‘this feeling’ and then enter, is surprising how many times I’ll have an instant win.

How many competitions do enter daily, weekly or monthly?

Daily, I would enter between 10 to 20 competitions, it varies a bit.

What is your dream prize?

My dream prize is to win a trip to England.

Favourite competitions? Online, 25 Word or less, SMS etc.

My favourite competitions are the online ones.  Especially where you need to purchase a product, to enter the competition online.  Have tried things we normally wouldn’t purchase and enjoyed the majority of them, now a repeat purchaser.

What’s the best 25 word or less answer you have ever come up with?

I am not that good at the 25 words or less, but have won a few.  The first one that I did win, I read my 25 words or less answer to my husband and he reckons no one else entered the competition 🙂 .  To me, it all depends on the judge/s and what they think is the best 25 words or less answer.

Are your family and friends accepting of your hobby, if not can you elaborate?

My family and friends are very accepting of me entering competitions.  They are amazed at the prizes that I have won.  The neighbours just shake their head when they see another parcel being delivered to my place.

Whats the biggest prize you’ve won and what did you do when you found out?

The biggest prize that I have won was a years worth of groceries.  It was valued at $5,200 ($100 x 52 weeks). Was looking at emails on my phone and one said I had won and congratulations. I quickly got my computer going and downloaded the email.  I thought someone was playing a prank on me and said to the hubby (who was sitting next to me when I spotted the email) that the winner was also to be advertised in the public notice section of The Australian newspaper. Checked and nothing there. Was a nervous night waiting until the next day and went through the public notices and wow, there it was, I was announced as the winner.  I was shocked, but over the moon, I quickly rang my husband and told him that it was real, I won.  We were both over the moon. Didn’t wipe the smile off my face for ages.

Veronica’s Prize

Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with other fellow compers?

You will get a lot of emails, so firstly, set up an email address to be used just for competitions.  Always read the terms and conditions and follow them.  Put a system into place to keep a track of the competitions that you have entered.  Be patient, you have to be in it to win it.  Good luck and enjoy.

 

Interview with The Wolverine and his biggest win to date

 

 

Shane aka Wolverine from Competitions.com.au, gives us his tips for winning and the biggest prize he has ever won (Hint: It has something to do with Star Wars).

Read interview below….

 

How long have you been entering competitions for?

35 years.

 

How many prizes would you estimate you’ve won?

Hard to say, but I would put it several dozen.

 

Do you have a system to keep track of your competitions and prizes?

No, I just enter them and keep an eye out for emails and letters etc.

 

Are there any rituals or habits you do to entice lady luck?

No not really.

 

How many competitions do enter daily, weekly or monthly?

I would say I enter 20+ each day

 

What is your dream prize?

A real dream would be a home or to be mortgage free, next would be holiday.

 

Favourite competitions? Online, 25 Word or less, SMS etc.

Online competitions are best for me.

 

What’s the best 25 word or less answer you have ever come up with?

Not really got any best of one’s, but any using the promoter, the prize and or the product in the answer is always good.

 

Are your family and friends accepting of your family, if not can you elaborate?

On a whole they accept that it is just something I like to do and seem genuinely happy when I have won something.

 

Whats the biggest prize you’ve won and what did you do when you found out?

The biggest prize in terms of dollar value would be a prize pack which included a heap of “star wars” merchandise and a card which gave me 12 months of free movies, it allowed me to see up to 5 movies every day for the whole year.

 

Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with other fellow compers?

No tips or tricks, as everyone says the more you enter the better your chances are.

Interview with winner and member Rowan Barber

In this interview, Competitions.com.au member Rowan Barber (smalot11) shares his passion for competitions, tips, a unique system for keeping track and that time he won a trip to the Whitsundays (picture above) . Enjoy!

 

How long have you been entering competitions for?

On and off most of my life but seriously since December 2016.

 

How many prizes would you estimate you’ve won?

112 since December 2016, previously to that around 10.

 

Do you have a system to keep track of your competitions and prizes?

I have a system of noting the competitions I enter along with the draw date, this way I can remember what I have entered and check back to see if I have won. I have also recently joined a group on Facebook that announces winners on some Facebook competitions.

 

Are there any rituals or habits you do to entice lady luck?

Staying positive I think is important. Also remembering you can’t win if you don’t enter. Half the time luck is also generated from noting the rules and following them. I also love reading of other compers who have won as it’s regular people winning some amazing prizes which motivates me.

 

How many competitions do you enter daily, weekly or monthly?

At the moment 20 per day.

 

What is your dream prize?

A prize home or a car is on top of the list, followed closely by luxury holidays.

 

Favourite competitions? Online, 25 Word or less, SMS etc.

I love simple online entries because they are easy but realise that lowers my chances. Working on improving my 25WOL entries and actually thinking about who may be judging my entry.

 

What’s the best 25 word or less answer you have ever come up with?

(S)o romantic,
(H)er and I.
(E)xploring Mona,
(R)ecapture the rapture of weekends away.
(I)t’s the ultimate,
(D)ate weekend.
(A) wine to celebrate,
(N)ever forgotten memories.

This was a Sheridan competition for a weekend away to Tasmania and Mona. I thought this was quite a good entry but unfortunately the judges thought differently 🙂

 

Are your family and friends accepting, if not can you elaborate?
Maybe a little jealous but as mentioned above you can’t win if you don’t enter. When I win I ask, did you put in an entry? And the answer is normally no. I love how supporting the forum is on competitions.com.au too.

 

Whats the biggest prize you’ve won and what did you do when you found out?

I have won a $5000 trip to NZ (image below), when I got the call, It was pure shock to think I’d been pulled out of all those names. My wife also won an $8000 Whitsundays holiday. It’s an amazing feeling to have someone else pay for your holiday. The promoters are also excellent in making sure everything is perfect.

Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with other fellow compers?

Stay positive. If you stay with something long enough and strong enough you are bound to get results. There is a story on Youtube of an English man who in one year only won a box of chocolate, the very next year he won a luxury yacht. Enter and stay positive, and don’t forget to keep those receipts.