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The United Nations are organizing a poster contest for World Food Day. This is not our average competition on KiwiCompetitions but very much worth participating!
The contest is open to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 17, living in any country of the world. The winning poster will be announced on World Food Day (16 October 2013) and the winners will receive Certificates of Recognition, signed by a United Nations official. Enter the World Food Day Poster Contest
Thanks to Danielle L. for sharing this with us.
Today I have something exciting to share. A special guest feature by Jon McKnight, co-comper and author of A Prize to Die For. I hope you like this introduction to Jon's new book and will enjoy reading his novel as much. I certainly did and I think anybody slightly addicted to competitions must have read it!
Next time you Google the answer to a competition, text an entry or fill out an online entry form, think yourself lucky. Because while it may seem hard to believe in New Zealand in the 21st Century, comping wasn't always this easy. Back in the early Nineties, there was no Google, no Facebook and no KiwiCompetitions. If you were a serious comper, you'd subscribe to a printed solutionist magazine that popped through your letterbox once a month with news of comps that had often closed by the time you heard about them. And when you entered, you'd have to hope the postal service delivered your precious entry on time, or even at all. And there were no online confirmations that your entry had been received in those days. But comping was still fun - and on the other side of the globe, author Jon McKnight was busy writing a comic novel, A Prize To Die For, that's set in our world and reveals just how much trouble an obsession can get you into. In this special feature for KiwiCompetitions, he tells how he stumbled upon an idea for a novel that's proving a winner around the world…
I DON'T know if it's the same in New Zealand, but over here in the UK we compers are often seen as something of an oddity by the rest of society. Can't see why that is, myself. After all, what's so odd about buying 96 tins of cat food when you don't own a cat, or filling your shopping trolley with babies' nappies when you don't have a baby nor, fortunately, any need for nappies yourself? Is it really so unusual to have a kitchen cupboard full of bandaged cornflake packets and tins without a single label to identify their contents? And surely everyone's entitled to get bored with winning microwaves when the fifth one arrives in a year? Well, perhaps not. But it's rather ironic that many in the outside world dismiss us as losers when, in fact, we're quite the opposite. The sneers disappear pretty quickly when they ask why you do it and you tell them it's because you've just won a car that's worth a year's salary and all it cost you was a bit of brain-wracking and a postage stamp. And by the time you've reeled off the list of your recent wins, the doubters will be asking you how they can take up our hobby themselves. Sounds familiar, I imagine. But back in the Nineties in England, the comping landscape was a very different place. The National Lottery with its weekly multi-million-pound jackpots was still around the corner, the world wide web wasn't known or used very widely around the world, and a prize of £1,000 a month for life would guarantee front-page headlines for the winner. That's the one I most wanted to win, and the comp allowed multiple entries, so I was working on my 50th slogan when I realised the plot for a comic novel had just landed in my lap. I imagined a pet food manufacturer in financial difficulties, trying to solve its problem by announcing a headline-grabbing prize of £1,000 a month for life that would boost sales and brand recognition. Only it intended to fix the comp so that the oldest entrant would win - ideally a 95-year-old whose prize wouldn't cost the firm much if the shock of the win, coupled with any riotous living that the nonagenarian attempted, resulted in even less longevity. But the best-laid plans of mice and bent competition promoters don't always work out, and the prize is accidentally awarded to the best entrant - a mere 30-year-old. We see the Managing Director of the pet food firm tossing and turning in his sleep, mentally calculating how much the young winner could cost him… if he lived! I was going to say you can imagine what happens next - but I rather hope you can't, or you won't need to buy my book. Suffice it to say that the corrupt competitions judge who was meant to have fixed the result tries to make amends by agreeing to ensure that 30-year-old Tim Wembury won't be collecting his monthly prize for long. But that's the least of Tim's problems. In those pre-Aids awareness days, he's steeled himself to buy 36 condoms for a comp but, as luck would have it, finds himself in the only city in Britain where he can't post his entries because of a Royal Mail strike. His habit of entering comps clearly intended for women and giving just his initial and surname so the judges won't realise he's a man is about to cause him a shedload of grief because he buys a sexy Italian bikini as the entry qualifier but doesn't notice the rule about entrants having to wear the item they bought at the glittering prize-giving ceremony. And despite his success as a comper, the one thing Tim most wants to win is the heart of a woman. Enter Dilly, the darling of the pet food company that ran the comp. She really seems to like Tim, but is she just being nice because she's paid to, and will she prove to be a femme fatale, literally?
Sorry, but you'll have to read the book to find out what happens! The writing style has been compared, generously, to that of the late Tom Sharpe, and A Prize To Die For has been greeted with a succession of five-star reviews on Amazon. Reviewers (who may all be catastrophically wrong, of course, and can't all be my Mum, surely) have described the novel as "a gem of a book", "achingly funny", and "thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining". One reviewer enthused: "Not many books make me laugh out loud and hoot with delight, but this one did."
Do you have a book club or do you attend one on a regular basis? This competition is just for you then! The winner will get up to 10 copies of The Separation, by Dinah Jefferies and some nice snacks and drinks to go with it. I haven't read this book myself (yet) but The Separation is supposed to be a heart-wrenching novel set in 1950s Malaya, about a mother searching for her daughters ...
Sounds perfect to discuss and pour your thoughts and feelings over, doesn't it? Especially in the company of nice book club friends and yummy snacks and drinks! Enter the draw below for a chance to win the August 'Book Club in a Box':
Going through the competitions added the last few weeks I realized that we girls are really lucky to have so many competitions for fashion, costmetics and accessories. Some realy cool contests where we can win bracelets, rings and other things we may not actually buy ourselves but as a free treat are highly welcome.
Many companies give out these types of prizes but two really stand out with simple contests with fun prizes in these categories: Gloss and FashioNZ!
To make it easier for you to keep up to date with their contests you can go directly our page listing their latest contests:
Enjoy these contests. Great thank you to Gloss and FashioNZ! Hope they continue like this :)
There is so much more variety in prizes being offered than a year ago. I think it is wonderful to seen all these choices. I am really enjoying to enter competitions for all sorts of different stuff. Be it expensive or cheap, useful or rather pointless items. Give them to me all for free now! (and I also am still waiting to win an iPad!).
I wonder what you think about this? Are you getting the prizes you deserve offered in New Zealand competitions? Or do you want to win something else? Send me your comments through the contact form. In a week or two I will publish the result of this mini-survey here.
I just found this "Send an Aussie home" competition by Classic Hits:
I think this is really brilliant! And very kind of them as well because the Aussie gets a return ticket to come back to New Zealand :D
When you enter many competitions, the amount of your incoming mail will increase. Organizers sending you newsletters, promotions and offers – and in between all of this maybe THE email you have been waiting for – you WON! You definitely don’t want to miss this so it is important to have a good overview and check your email regularly. You may want to set up a filter to search for typical words.
Alternatively you could open another email account to be used especially for competitions. It is nothing wrong with that, the organizers can still reach you with their offers. Although keep in mind that some promoters actually have fun and interesting newsletters and you do not want to miss out on any good offers!
The other day I was asking what you would most like to see as prizes in New Zealand online competitions. I got quite a lot of replies and some interesting results as to what people want to win most urgently. Based on the answers coming in I can share this ulimate list of most popular prizes as of now:
- an iPad or iPad mini
- vouchers for day-to-day shopping
Here is a compilation I did of some of those popular prizes for you
P.S. A special message to Rob in Christchurch who send me more than a dozen messages all about his favourite prize. Some of them really funny but I could only count you once still! Although you did not make it anywhere close the top list with that I made a list with you requested most popular prize:
There is quite a lot of Facebook competitions around nowadays. Often they are very easy to enter with all being required of you is too like the page. Usually when that is the case the organizer wants to use this to increase is "fan base". I doubt whether that really works for them but whatever let's us get the freebie is kind of fine with us I guess.
One thing you should remember with those "Like and Win" competitions is that it is easy enough too enter of course but it also may end up with your Facebook wall being swamped by the organizers promotional messages broadcasted to all your friends. Also the easy entry may mean that lots and lots of people will join thereby reducing your chances to win dramatically.
Here you can find a compilation of New Zealand Facebook Competitions
It might be that you have to submit a photo you took, write a short story or answer some questions. Some competitions also would like you to describe why you should win this particular prize. This IS more work, yes, but many people are put off just because of this and here lies your chances. Again, less entries means greater chances for you and you can attract the judges’ attention with your photo/story/funny reply in order to be the number one winner! Sometimes, you need to buy a product/spend some money with a particular card/be a paying member in order to qualify to enter that particular competition. Such competitions often have less entries so it is worth considering if you want to use those increase chances and get that product. Maybe it is something you wanted anyway?!
You can find this type of competitions under these links:
- Words-or-less Competitions
- Question-Answer Competitions
- Survey Competitions
- Creative Contests
- Photo Competitions
Well it works for me! Browsing through competitions, signing up for stuff, hoping for a win and everynow winning something is really fun for me.
Today I found a competition which I find really fun to join. This contest to win a trip around the world for 6 (SIX!) months and all expenses paid (WOW!) is just dramatically tempting:
You should check it out. Participation alone is quite exciting with creative elements, photos and a video to be submitted. Really quite demanding but also a fund project to do with family or friends!
It is not that easy to join but you are also more likely to win!
OK here it comes - this month's funniest competitoin!
National Geographic are giving away a time capsule of sorts. If you remember Rubik's Cube and Tetris this is the competiton for you to join. "Tell us in 25 words or less, what is your favourite thing about the 80s and why?" is all you need to do for a chance to win this Nat Geo 80s Prize Pack.
For inspiration maybe you want to think along these (hair)lines:
Tips on how to win words or less competitions to increase your chances or winning. Words or less competitions are very common in New Zealand and often the odds are better than in other contests because of the additional hurdle for participation. Here is my guide to getting you close to winning that prize!
1 - Make the most of your chanceWords or less competitions give you that unique chance to win through skill rather than luck. So if it is a demanding question but on a topic where you know your stuff or just have a very creative moment you can really increase your chance of winning dramatically.
2 - Think about the juryThe winner of a Words Or Less competition is determined by a jury reviewing the various entries. Try to think about what those people in the jury and what they may be looking for in deciding on the winner. Also remember the jury may have a hard work to do with potentially thousands of entries. To make their life easier you want to make it a bit entertaining and not boring like all the other entries that those poor people have to go through.
3 - Be original in your answerDon't just copy something good that you saw elsewhere. Chances are that the jury will check that and the original text may be found with just a quick search on Google. You need to come up with your own text to make your entry win.
4 - Make your answer a surpriseAgain to stand out and make the jury notice your answer you want to write something that is different from what can be expected and what everybody else will submit as their entry. Your surprise answer could make people smile, laugh or be stunned. Either would do the job of making your entry special.
5 - Being funny may do the jobIf you can manage to turn your words-or-less answer into a friendly joke go for it! Something funny that makes the jury smile and enjoy your entry definitely will help and increase your chances of winning the contest. Be a bit careful with making to harsh a joke on the product that you want to win as the jury may consist of marketing people promoting just that product. If you go too far they may not choose your entry which is supposed to be published as the winning entry to the public!
6 - Try a rhyme if you canIt is not an absolute must to make your entry a rhyme but if you find a way to do so go even better. It does not even be a perfect rhyme. A rhyme of words which is a bit off may even be funnier.
7 - Put in a personal noteIf you have a personal story to share in your answer that can be interesting for the jury. Maybe how you or some family member would benefit so much from winning the prize or some funny incident that happened with friends or family related to what the words-or-less contest is about.
8 - Remember the words limit and mind your spellingYou really need to pay attention to the limit of words allowed in the words-or-less competition. Even if the jury really really loves your entry they would not be allowed to award you the prize if your entry is too long. The terms and conditions are legally binding so once published they really would not be allowed to deviate from them as that would be unfair to other entrants who stuck to the rules.
Not quite as strict as the word limit but also a possible pitfall is your spelling. You really should spellcheck your response using some online tool or wordprocessor. A spello in your answer definitely risks your entry being disqualified from the words or less competitions. The brand organizing the competition typically wants to publish the winning entry and they really do not want to publish something with a spelling mistake which would look embarrassing even for the jury. In particular, be careful with regards to the spelling of the brand and their products themselves. The jury would never let you through with a lapse on those.
9 - Name the product or brand nameMake some friendly reference to the product or brand name of the competition. After all the whole competition is likely to be a marketing activity for the organizer so they want what ever they try to promote to be mentioned.
10 - Do lots of Words-Or-Less entriesAs always remember that your chances increase with more entries. Words-or-less competitions are skill games so by right you will not win by luck but by skill. However, if you have more entries you will of course have a higher possilibity of on of your entries being selected by the jury. Some words-or-less competitons actually allow for several entries per participants. This is because the organizer really wants to create some buzz for their competition and the more people write the better. Before you do multiple entries though check the terms and conditions whether this is really the case for the particular competition.
Then you can of course also enter many different words-or-less competitions from different websites. And when doing so you may even be able to 'recycle' some of the creative work you did in a previous competiton. After all the jury will be different so they would not know. And it is your own original work so there really isn't anything wrong with using that several times!
YOU can findthe latest words-or-less competitions here.
Hurray! We have reached more than a 1000 likes for KiwiCompetitionson Facebook. This morning I was pleaseantly surprised when I check our Facebook page as I never expect this to happen to quickly. Thanks for everybody liking our Facebook page. Given that we have so many followers we will make an extra effort to share exciting competition finds also on our Facebook page so you do not miss the chance to enter. Also we try to add more Facebook Competitions so that you can enter straight from there.
We just reached the 2000 followers mark this weekend! Thanks to everybody who likes our page. I was really surprised to get anywhere in such a short time. So 2000 Facebook fans are rather overwhelming for little me!
A big thank you to everybody who likes our page! And for those who have not done so can you tick the Facebook like button as well :)
We have added some new little features based on feedback from many of our members.
In all competition listings you will notice some symbols that have appeared on the right:
There are two new icons:
- The upper symbol ressembling an eye will appear automatically if you have clicked on a competition before and visited the landing page.
- The lower symbol is a checkbox that you can tick and untick to mark a competition. There is different ways you can use this of course but the main idea is that once you have entered a competition you tick it as done. This way you can track what you have done and concentrate on the ones that you have not entered yet.
Thanks to all who had provided your feedback and please let us know if you have further ideas for improvement.
There are two comps right now worth mentioning for all of you who likes taking photographs.
In the one organized by The New Zealand Herald you can win a a Sony A6000 camera. There are 4 prizes in total and they included much more than just the camera. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Wellington (including flights and accommodation) and the opportunity to shoot professional pictures at a sport event there, and the 3 other winners will also get the chance to photograph in various sports events. Plus the camera!
The other one is called 'New Zealand Geographic Photographer of 2014' and here you can win $1,000, publication in the New Zealand Geographic, a years subscription of the magazine etc. There are several categories: Wildlife, Society & Culture, Landscape, Photo story, Young Photographer and Peoples Choice category. The overall winner will get some extra bonuses like taking part in a workshop.
If you want to win a camera and/or cash, take part here, good luck:
This one, Rollie Eggmaster, made me smile. There are so many different appliances around but I never heard of something you can cook an omelet in and other egg dishes. In this one, you just crack eggs and other ingredients into the vertical grill and the Rollie will do the rest. Out comes your nibbles in a fun rolled shape, apparently. I can't imagine how that would look like!
Is this something you need? No! Is this something that could be fun to have? Definitely! It's a random draw competition so you just need to fill in your details to participate. Click on the picture for a chance to win your new, egg-machine:
The book, which this film is based on, written by the Swede Jonas Jonasson, is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It is a clever, witty and completely mad story, so different to any other book I've read. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend you head out to a bookstore straight away, it is absolutely worth it!
As the book has been a tremendous success all over the world, it has recently been made into a film. In this competition, you can win double passes to see it. Entries must be received by 5pm, August 18, 2014.
What the plot is about? Well, the story starts just before the big birthday party for Allan Karlsson. He is turning 100 years of age, but is not very keen on the celebration prepared for him at his nursing home where he lives. He spontaneously decides to slip away, in his slippers, out of the window (as the title states) and then... well, it is know the big adventure and great storytelling starts. Don't miss it!
This is so cute we just have to show you this one - Win a Bumble Bee Nesting Box. For people with garden this could really be interesting. You could observe bumble bees while also giving them a safe and healthy home to return to. In our opinion, Bumble bees are so much nicer than wasps, they are not interested in your cake or your steak, they just buzz around your flowers (sorry wasps, I'm sure you are useful too in some way!).
Did you hear about all the people camping outside Apple stores last week, to be first in the queue and be able to buy an iPhone 6 before everybody else? Where you one of them? Well, thought so, neither was I...
And why should you spend an uncomfortable night in a sleeping bag out on the street when you actually have several chances to win one for free - from the comfort of your home! Ok, you might not be the first one among your friends to flash it about, but who cares, if you don't need to pay a dollar to get a brand new iPhone 6!
There are already several competitions out there to win one and we expect lots more to come in the near future, so if you'd like to get one, keep a look out here: Win iPhone 6
With summer coming up in mind, about a week ago we posted something on Facebook about BBQ's called 'The Kiwi BBQ Routine'. We found it hilarious and thought it fits good to one of our competitions where you can win a Weber grill. Apparently we weren't the only ones finding it funny - since then our post got over 800 likes and over 2800 shares and loads of comments. Seems like we hit a nerve! Thank you so much for appreciating this, we hope to keep you well entertained as well as up to date with comps in the future too.
You haven't visited our Facebook page yet or missed this particular posting? It's never too late, take a peak here: The Kiwi BBQ Routine We'd love to hear what you think! (and for the record, the BBQ routine is most likely universal...)