It’s June everyone and the summertime is finally upon us. It’s a time for going to the beach, taking a vacation, and generally having a great time after being cooped up all of 2014. Today’s giveaway is for a beautiful Pentax X-5 Digital Bridge Camera. This is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment with 26x optical zoom that will be perfect for taking pictures of the memories you make this summer. The contest is open to age of majority in your locality and a winner will be drawn on June 30th 2014.
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With the summer nearly upon us, there are a lot of great concerts happening and concert tickets are a great prize to win. When most people think of winning concert tickets, they think of entering radio station contests by being caller 9 (or 100… whatever the station chooses). In my book “The Art of Winning Sweepstakes & Contests”, I talked a bit about how I dislike that style of contest. I much rather enter contests through radio station websites, because it is easier and it doesn’t require the time commitment of being by the radio when the chance to call is announced. In addition to this, you might be eligible to enter in multiple markets, but may not get that radio station locally. For instance, if you lived in Boston, but there was a radio station in Springfield giving away tickets, then you probably are eligible to enter based on the state you reside. However, you won’t get the station broadcast locally and streaming a radio station over the internet often has a delay which would kill your chances of calling in at the right time.
Another avenue to go is Facebook or other social media contests. These can be great ones to target, because they are so plentiful. To kick things off I wanted to share this contest which enters you to win tickets to a One Direction contest in either Washington or London. I’m not a a One Direction fan myself, but kids absolutely love this boy band. The rules state that the winning person will get two tickets to the venue of their choice, though travel and accommodations will not be included. All the same, this is an incredible value because these shows often sell out making the tickets potentially very expensive items.
If you would like to enter the contest, head over to:
I’m always on the hunt for new sources of sweepstakes and it seems like places to go for them are constantly changing. This week I came across a new source I wanted to share. It’s called Sweepstakes 13 and it seems they have a huge listing of various sweepstakes. The site is free to register for and the listing options remind me of other sites I have enjoyed over the years.
Sweepstakes 13 breaks out their sweepstakes by expiration date, prize type, and entry frequency primarily. Another feature that will be beneficial to those of you looking for sweepstakes outside of the United States is the “location” listing of contests. It seems like there is a lot of sweepstakes listed for our friends in Canada and the United Kingdom under that category.
Sweepstakes 13 is also running a couple sweepstakes of their own that are worth looking at. The first one is a contest for a $500 gift card that they will be doing every month. The second contest and one that I would really love to win is a trip to Vegas!
You can check out the $500 gift card contest by clicking here and the Vegas trip by clicking here.
Good luck everyone and happy sweeping!
This winter has been long and snow filled for a good chunk of the United States this year. Some of you reading this might be getting even more snow right this moment if you live in the Chicago area. Here in New England it was pushing 60 degrees and I took advantage of it with a nice jog by my local reservoir.
As is evident from the pictures, the landscape is still frozen, but as I jogged in a t-shirt and shorts it was clear to me that Spring is finally on the way. Spring brings some great opportunities to enter various contests. There are many festivals and fairs that take place during this time, which usually feature many local contests. While it’s true that you can get a lot of sales calls by submitting entry forms at these venues, it’s well worth it for the the great odds that such small contests offer. Often times, the prizes are pretty big!
One Spring inspired sweepstakes I thought I’d share with you today is from Carnival Savers. They specialize in helping with the planning of kids carnivals and all the supplies that go along with these events. They are offering a lucky church, school, or other non-profit the chance to win a $250 Kids Carnival Prize giveaway to help with putting on a Spring event for the kids. If this sounds like something that would be benefit you or another organization you’re affiliated with, then you will want to check this contest out.
You can enter via Facebook at: http://woobox.com/idii76
Alternatively, you check out their contest page on their main website at: http://www.carnivalsavers.com/blog/enter-our-spring-carnival-giveaway-250-in-carnival-prizes-for-your-school-or-non-profit-kids-carnival/
Best of lucky and happy sweeping!
Tablet giveaways continue to be all the rage this year. If you haven’t held an iPad mini before, the thing is amazing! Go to any Apple store and you’ll see crowds of folks coveting these expensive little devices. Apple continues to be the best in show and here’s another opportunity for you to win one of your very own. What I like about this contest is that there are multiple ways to win. The best way to maximize your odds in contests like this is to enter in very way you can. I think creative submissions like the the t-shirt competition can be intimidating to some folks, but I’d encourage you to give it a shot. Flexing your artistic muscles can be both fun, as well as profitable!
If you would like a chance to win your own iPad mini, check out: http://www.yugster.com/blog/91-win-an-apple-ipad-mini
Ah, the joys of home ownership. You can’t truly appreciate it until you buy your first home, get everything moved in, and then realize how much is left to be done. I live in a great neighborhood and a wonderful apartment, but it is dated. Very dated. As in, pre-World War II kind of dated. The bathroom is one of these areas that is in need of an upgrade. After a trip down to the local hardware store and the running of a few numbers, I quickly found out that this project (along with my kitchen, which also needs rehab) is going to take a while.
Wouldn’t it be great to win some of the things I need. That’s why I have set out to look for contests that can help me acquire some of the supplies I need. Most sweepers chase money, cars, and vacations. While it might not be in that listed order, it is usually one or all three of those that people most badly want. I on the other hand am more interested in things that I have an immediate need and use for. That is not to say I don’t have a need for money, vacations, or a new car. My point is that I like sweepstakes that offer the best odds. Why chase the same contests that everyone is entering when you could compete for things you have an immediate use for and better odds of winning. It comes down to a time + value + odds equation. I talk in great detail in my eBook, “How to Make Money Winning Sweepstakes and Contests”, about how you should calculate a sound strategy based on the odds in any given contest.
In the spirit of winning my dream bathroom, I found a small contest from Plumbersurplus.com that is giving away a beautiful new faucet. The faucet is by Moen Kingsley and is in brushed nickel, which would look great in my bathroom. The contest has two methods of entry. One is through Facebook and the other is using your email address. It’s open to all 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia to people 18 years or older.
If you would like to try your luck at winning this beautiful piece, enter at: http://www.plumbersurplus.com/sweepstakes.aspx
Contest runs from February 17th 2014 until March 3rd 2014.
As always, best of luck to you all!!!
Continuing on the theme of technology and the greatness of all things mobile, I have another great mobile tablet contest for you all. This one is to win a Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Yugster.com is giving away a tablet to a lucky contestant and there are several ways to maximize your odds.
Tablet contests are all the rage these days and with good reason. Mobile technology is the future of the internet and more of us are using that to access the internet every day. What I would love to see is a Roboform mobile addition or something filling that purpose. Filling in our name, address, and other personal information becomes tiresome on mobile apps. Sometimes it is made easy by Facebook automatically populating information on our behalf, but not always. If anyone reading this is a programmer, let me assure you that there is demand for something like this. Chop, chop, get on it!
If you are interested in winning your very own Google Nexus 7 Tablet, visit: http://www.yugster.com/blog/90-win-a-google-nexus-7
I’m addicted to my laptop… and my smart phone… and my tablet. I am the typical technology junkie. It isn’t such a bad thing I suppose. There are worse vices to have to have. I love learning and I guess that is what makes me so enamored by all things tech. Being a sweepstakes enthusiast makes me want to stay connected all the time. That is part of the reason I switched from a traditional desktop machine to a laptop. I want the mobility to access all the things I need all the time. Having a laptop has worked out very well for keeping up with my sweepstakes entries while on the road for work or while visiting family out of town.
If you’re a mobile lover like myself, then I think you’re going to like the contest that came to my attention today. It is for a product called Breffo’s Spiderpodium. This clever little device has multiple ways you can configure it. Be it in the car, in a hotel room, or just oddly positioned on your couch, this gizmo should prove very useful to whatever lucky sweeper wins it.
You can enter at: http://goo.gl/kByGkY
They’re giving away 50 of these and you can enter every 12 hours until March 31st, 2014
Writing has always been a passion of mine. One of my earliest memories of writing was when I was about 9 years old. I penned an action/adventure story that sounded like the plot of a bad 1980’s movie. This was probably due to the fact that I immensely enjoyed watching those films while growing up and was a dedicated fan of GI Joe toys. This particular story I remember had two protagonists named for a couple school friends of mine paragliding into Soviet territory inside of Minsk in order to launch a secret operation. It was full of weaponry and not-so-clever dialogue, but I still love the fact that I showed a penchant toward writing at such a young age.
Writing has also proved to be something that has made me lucky and brought some great things into my life. One of my first contest wins was an essay contest offered by a local mall. I don’t recall what the topic of the essay was, but it wasn’t anything particularly complex. I was fortunate enough to win a mall gift certificate which bought some name-brand sneakers for my brother and I. Growing up rather poor, this was a HUGE win for the both us! This was definitely one of the life events that got me hooked on both writing and contests.
As high school graduation loomed, it dawned on me that I didn’t really have much in the way of resources to pay for college. Like many students I turned to grants, loans, and scholarships. One such program was an audio essay contest put on by the V.F.W. My production process for this contest was to write an essay, go through the editing phase, and then edit the final product again to better suit audio delivery. I channeled my inner Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy to come up with a great audio essay that I submitted as an entry. As luck might have it, I won $500 in that contest.
My most recent essay win has been the biggest. I entered an essay contest sponsored by a professional organization that I am a member of. The competition called for several small essays on topics chosen by the sponsor. It was a national contest, but it was limited to members of the organization that were in good standing. The prize was a full-ride scholarship through an online M.B.A program. I spent some time brainstorming each of the topics and made a lot of notes on possible directions in which to take the essay. Once I decided upon a good one, I proceeded to start putting words down on paper (or more accurately the keyboard).
Revision after revision, I enlisted the best writer and grammar Nazi I knew to give me constructive feedback. Getting feedback is probably one of the most difficult things about writing. It is such a personal task and the more effort you put into it, the more deeply invested you are in what people think of it. This part of the process is crucial though. You don’t want the first feedback you get to come from the contest judges when they wad up your entry and shoot a 3-point shot into the garbage can with it. Far better to get feedback early and go back to the drawing board as required.
So what tips can I offer all of you who are looking to win essay contests?
1. Focus on contests with some level of exclusivity
The same can be said for recipe competitions and other creative entry types of contests. The smaller the entry pool, the better your odds.
2. Devote at least an equal amount of time to the creative process as you do physically writing
This doesn’t mean you need to sit in one place, imprisoned with your yellow legal pad, waiting for some genius idea to miraculously manifest itself. Instead, it means giving yourself enough time for good ideas to percolate. Do some brainstorming, writing down everything that comes to mind, take a walk outside, or go somewhere that inspires you. Routine and idleness kills creativity.
3. Be willing to make revisions and get feedback
Your first draft won’t be good enough. Mostly likely, your second draft won’t be either. You may, or may not, be able to detect this on your own. Get a second opinion. That second opinion should be from someone who is willing to give you negative feedback and is also a good writer themselves.
4. Write with the sponsors in mind (aka “know your audience”)
Writing for yourself is fine in your personal journal, but a terrible practice when you are trying to win a contest. You need to consider the beliefs, interests, and ideals that the sponsors hold dear to them. Only then will you be able to craft a compelling essay that will catch their attention.
5. Set yourself apart
Think long and hard about what other contestants are likely to write about. Think about it from the judge’s perspective. How can you set yourself apart? What is your essay going to have that no one else’s does? Will the judge remember your essay specifically, though it is among a stack of a hundred other entries? If so, why?
Winning essay contests could be your key to winning prizes, money, or even an education. Practice makes perfect and your writing chops will increase with every contest you enter. The best way to start improving your odds is to start entering today!
Just wanted to take a quick moment to congratulate Nicole from Monroe, Michigan! She is the winner of our January 2014 prize at Art of Winning and she won a 2014 16-month “Art of Success” calendar. As soon as I shovel out from under all the snow that came today, I’ll be getting her prize in the mail.
If you want to be entered into our monthly contest, then sign up for our email list today. Inclusion on the list will automatically enter you every month for a chance to win a prize. We never provide our email list to third parties and the list averages one email per week to people who sign up. For the month of February we’ll be giving away a pair of wine candles from http://www.stockthebarcandles.com. Contest is open to people 18 years or older in the United States. Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on February 28th.
As always, if you want to start winning more contests, you have come to the right place. To learn proven strategies and tactics that will kick start your winning then check out “How to Make Money Winning Sweepstakes & Contests”.