Sites for Keen Compers
There are zillions of consumer competitions on the web but most are just lucky draws. If you want to be a persistent winner you need to enter ‘real’ comps so you can develop your skills. Finding them takes time and dedication. Here’s where to begin your quest:
Prizefinder. A lot of competitions are listed here but most are draws. However, some require skill. It’s just a matter of finding them.
Compers News. More comping stuff, including winning tiebreakers and advice.
For literary competitions, see my own list: Writing Comps
If you win a car, beware of over-enthusiastic photographers. They’ll take advantage of your ‘winner’s intoxication’ and have you doing all sorts of undignified things. If the comp is on dog food, you’ll be cocking your leg on a tree before you know it. This picture was taken at the presentation of my second car, which I won by estimating how many cans
of soft drink would fit into it. It was only a Metro, but I was keen to please in those days, so when they shoved the keys in my mouth I didn’t complain. The only reason I haven’t got a can on my head as well as in each hand is because it kept falling off.
Stiff Competition by Michael Shenton, winner of the Peter Pook Humorous Novel Contest, illuminates the darker side of consumer competitions. If you think comping is a harmless little hobby for retired people, this novel will put you right.
Published by Emissary Publishing, PO Box 33, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 4ZZ.
Sorry - currently out of print.