You Can Call Yourself a Comper…

You can call yourself a comper if… 

–         you can happily skip your morning coffee but you can’t start the day without checking out the latest competitions on your favourite website

–         the words ‘win’ and ‘congratulations’ set your heart aflutter

–         you don’t like weekends as there is no post

–         you like Mondays as the post resumes

–         your shopping trolley is filled with all kinds of obscure products all with WIN somewhere on their packaging

–         you carefully place all your shopping dockets and receipts neatly in a box marked ‘proof of purchase’

–         you put off buying something you need just in case you win one

–         you check your calendar regularly for the closing dates of the very best competitions

–         your inbox is starting to fill with a lot of spam 

You are truly addicted to comping when…

–         you keep your passport up-to-date just in case you win that overseas trip you have always dreamed about

–         your husband thinks you are having an affair with the postman

–         you keep a notebook and pen by the bed in case you think of that great 25 words or less answer in the middle of the night

–         your friends stop calling because they are sick of you telling them about all the prizes your have won

–         you have a special box filled with potential presents for the next round of family birthdays and Christmas

–         you rush to your email inbox as soon as you get home to check if you have won anything

–         Facebook friends start un-friending you because of the all competitions you have to ‘share’

Only a comper understands…

–         what WOL means

–         the anxious wait for a prize you won a few weeks earlier

–         that putting 25 words together creatively can be such a challenge

–         the RSI in your wrist from filling out hundreds of entry forms

–         the pain of an empty mailbox

The freeloader in you has been activated when…

–         your kitchen cupboard is filled with samples of new grocery items

–         your bathroom cupboard is filled with samples of new cosmetic items

–         your desk draw is full of free pens and scribble pads

–         you can’t resist the sign ‘buy one and get one free’

–         the word ‘free’ sets your heart aflutter

You need to take a break when…

–         you are prepared to wade through pages and pages of fine print of the terms and conditions for a very minor prize

–         your children start asking you to get off the computer and take them to the park and you think you might have forgotten where the park is

–         your partner threatens to leave you

After working for thirty years as a journalist/historian, Jenny started writing sci-fi for children and adults and occasionally illustrating them (when she was not spending time with her grandkids). Most have been published in The School Magazine, anthologies and online. She has also been contributing to a wide variety of magazines such as Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit, Australiana and Nurture. Now essentially retired Jenny has taken up a challenge of entering and (hopefully winning) competitions. Jenny will track her journey through this challenge here at

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