Winning what you need Versus What you want



It can be a confusing conundrum for a comper. Should you enter competitions for things that you need versus things you just want. My needs and wants are endless when it comes to prizes and there are endless competitions to fulfill my every hearts desires. I really really want an overseas holiday but I know what I really need is a dryer this winter. I even sometimes just enter the big competitions just so I can daydream about travelling. Although all these trips would be nice I don’t know where I would find the time. One would need long service leave to go on all the trips I want to win. Plus, not to mention all the spending money you would need. It probably wouldn’t be practical at this point in time even If I won one overseas trip. So there may be practical reasons why winning what you really want wouldn’t be good for you. Also if you’re going to turn into a greedy monster if you win something big and lose all your friends and family as a result, that prize is not what you want or need.


My want list ranges from cash, trips, spa days, shopping sprees and maybe a new wardrobe which falls in the ‘want’ and ‘need’ category. Deep down I know I need more practical objects like electrical’s. To win something useful feels almost like a perfectly productive day. You win something that you or your mum can ‘use’ every day-so satisfying. Like a gift you buy for someone and 5 years later at a dinner party, you see them get that Swiss army knife out and that ‘hero’ feeling comes over you.

Then there’s the whole karmic factor to take into consideration. If you enter competitions for things you really don’t need, are you taking a chance away from someone who does need it?

So what to do. Cast your net far and wide or fish in a smaller pond?  Whatever your decision is, one thing is for sure be careful what you wish for and be careful what you win.

How to Win a 25 Word or Less Competition



I have these days all the time. I see an amazing competition with an equally amazing prize. Excitement fills me and I drift off to the land of winning where I happily frolic among all my dream prizes. Then a big thump hits. I drop out of the sky and back into reality. The gatekeeper awaits me and refuses to let me pass. The gatekeeper wants a 25 word or less answer or else I shall not pass and enter thy competition. Frustration sets in as I copy and paste the question in my trusty WOL file where I pick up where I left off for another day when I’m feeling more creative. As a comper I’m sure you’ve had these moments.


I’ve won small and biggish prizes with 25 word or less competitions and the truth is they’re not going away and they are becoming more and more competitive these days. So how can you win a 25 word or less competition? If they’re a mystery to you and you want to get an edge here are some tips:

  1. Don’t panic. You can be creative and witty. Just have a go and you’ll be surprise with what you come up with.
  2. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in day. Think about the question. Brainstorm. Take your time.
  3. Answer the question. Don’t go off on a creamy cherry pie tangent. Think about the question and answer it.
  4. Tie in the product/s, brand and/or the promoter some way. Be creative but don’t forget who created the competition.
  5. Use an online rhyming dictionary and seek out inspiration on the internet. Save answers and poems in a file when you need to fill the creative well.
  6. Sob stories don’t work so don’t put them in.
  7. Avoid instant disqualification. Don’t go over the word limit. They don’t call them 25 word or less questions for nothing. Type your answers in Word where you can easily track how many words you’re up to.
  8. Use all of your word limit. Don’t be clever and answer the question with 3 words. Nobody likes a know it all, especially judges. Prove your worthiness by putting in the effort.
  9. Don’t over think it. You’re not trying to win a Pulitzer Prize in poetry or be a comedian like Jerry Seinfeld. Enter and forget.
  10. Double check your contact details. If you can’t be contacted some promoters will move on to the next person so double check you entered the right email address and phone number.

25 word or less competitions can sometimes be the hardest competitions to enter but don’t avoid them because they’re the most rewarding when you actually win. Happy comping everyone!

10 Benefits of Entering Competitions



This post is to win you over about competitions once and for all. Competitions and prizes use to be a total and complete mystery to me. I never could figure out how people won. I would see a competition on Getaway or in a magazine and think ‘I could never win that!’. I thought it was too hard to come up with an answer to these strange 25 word or less questions. I had no idea about anything. Once I actually joined a competition website on a dark and stormy night, the clouds did part and I finally understood the hobby of entering competitions. When I got going and won my first prize, there was no turning back. So if you’re undecided about competitions here are 10 benefits of entering competitions I bet you didn’t know:

  1. You can win….Big! Houses, Cruises, holidays and cash are all up for grabs.
  2. You can never run out of competitions to enter. There are literally thousands of competitions and prizes to win at any given moment in Australia.
  3. You build your creative muscle with every 25 word or less answer you come up with and you can use this creativity in many aspects of your daily life. Plus it might just unlock something in you.
  4. You can have fun reading back on your 25 word or less answers. Keep a notebook or file and You’ll be amazed with all the different poems and one liners you created.
  5. Comping doesn’t cost anything! Except when you have to buy a can of tuna to enter a competition, it’s totally free to enter and the best things in life are free.
  6. It’s social. By joining a club or website like you connect with other like-minded people. Sharing information, tips plus all the highs and lows of being a comper.
  7. Your friends and family will envy you when you start winning and yes you will win prizes!
  8. Part of the formula for winning is pure maths. The more you enter the more chances you have to win.
  9. The other part of the formula for winning is a mystery. You’ll become aware of the mysterious universe and the elusive lady luck.
  10. Competitions are quick to enter so you can enter heaps which yes you guessed it increases your chances of winning.
  11. Those long train rides, lunch breaks and boring days at work are no more with your new hobby. Enter on your phone or a minimized window on your computer -when your boss isn’t watching of course!
  12. Competitions give you hope and something positive to look forward to when life gets you down and sometimes we just need these things to keep us going.
  13. You can officially call yourself a comper which your family and friends won’t understand but that’s OK, eventually they’ll want to be one too when they start seeing you winning prizes.

Entering competitions is I think one of the best hobbies you can have. The best thing is you can win big or small and it’s all a thrill. You’re rewarded for your efforts and for being the most creative. To become a comper is to become a winner in every way.