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Just in time after recovering fom my New Years Eve party I noticed that there are quite a few competitions recently around wine. Not just competitions to win a bottle wine itself but also trips to wine yards in Australia or even holidays that take you to wine regions in New Zealand or Europe.

Here is a compilation of recent competitions to win wine .

Win wine and enjoy


Thanks to all who have send me your thoughts and wish list on the most popular prizes you would like to see in Australian competitions. One thing that surprised me was that to win an iPad (or iPad mini) came up on top! So many competitions are available to win Apple iPad so I guess they get that right!

Here is the hit list based on the replies I got
  1. an iPad
  2. grocery or supermarket vouchers
  3. holidays
On holidays there was obviously a lot of destinations but top on the list was Europe as well as resorts in Thailand and Bali and the like.
Here is a compilation of some of those popular prizes for you
  1. win an Apple iPad or iPad Mini
  2. win shopping vouchers
  3. win a holiday in Bali and other Asian destinations
Thanks for all who contributed and let me know if you are looking for other prizes yet. Will look for you wishlist!


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:


Finally something exciting in our Electronics category. Contests to win the new Galaxy S4 have arrived. It has not hit the stored yet but with a confirmed launch some daring competition organizers are already getting ready to give you that nice Samsung Galaxy SIV right after it is available. Join here Win a Samsung Galaxy S FOUR


Tips on how to win words or less competitions to increase your chances or winning. Words or less competitions are very common in Australia 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 chance

Words 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 jury

The 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 answer

Don'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 surprise

Again 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 job

If 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 can

It 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 note

If 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 spelling

You 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 name

Make 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 entries

As 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!

To better understand the basics read Australian words-or-less competitons and find the latest words-or-less competitions here.


Do you like Words-or-less competitions but have troubles finding them among the many competitons that are out there? In that case don't look further because we have them all summed up for you.

We have a dedicated page with just words-or-less contests for you. You can find all the latest Australian words-or-less competitions on this one page and it is updated all the time.

Alternatively you can also look for particular brands who always run words-or-less competitions. Here is a few of them:


Lucky draws or raffles in which participants in a competition win by chance are regulated by law. Legally such lucky draw competitions are called Trade Promotions Lotteries in Australia. The lucky draws or raffle competitions are the easiest form of competitions with very simple and fast participation. To enter you only need to register with your details. Check here for the best Australian random draw competitons

Australian Trade Promotion Lotteries are governed by state law i.e. each state has their own regulation. In summary, the rules of individual states are somewhat similar. Most states require the organizer of a Trade Promotion Lottery to apply for a licence which covers the promotion period and is tied to a particular competition, prize and terms and conditions. However, each state's law has somewhat different regulations when it comes to the details. For example usually a licence is only required if the value of the prize pool exceeds a certain amount. Also some states (such as Western Australia) do not require a dedicated state licence if another Australian state has granted a licence already.
You can find the actual state level regulation here: Now that is an aweful lot of reading material and you probably find that reading that legal stuff will take out the fun out of joining competitons! I agree and there is actually a simpler way to find out if something is genuine:
In practice most major lucky draw competitions are open for all Australian residents. Thus, the brand organizing the raffle will need to have the licences that allow them to do so in all states. If you look at the details of the regulations you will find that NSW not only is the most populous state but also has more stringent rules that many other states. Also several states grant permission for a competition without a dedicated state-level licence if an NSW licence has already been issued. Thus, a competition for all of Australia will always have to display the NSW Trade Promotion Licensing number!
In summary, the may thing for you to look out for is the New South Wales Trade Promotion Licence number which must be displayed in the terms and conditions or on the landing page of the website. So look out for something like this:
Authorised under NSW Permit No. LTPS/12/012345
The NSW licences always start with LTPS.

When you check the terms of different competitions you will find that often but not always they also list
ACT Permit No. TP12/01234 and
VIC Permit No. 12/2589.
These are the licence numbers for ACT and VIC, respectively. However, if a competition has to display them or need depends on the value of the prize given out. So even ACT and VIC permits are not listed and you only see the NSW permit that may still be genuine and fully legally compliant.

One exception to all of this is South Australia. SA has their own independent and slightly more complicated regulations and licensing process (South Australia Trade Promotion Lotteries). So if you are a resident of SA you should actually look out for a specific South Australia licence number which looks like this:
SA Licence No. T12/1234.

So for most of us the rule of thumb is: Look out for an NSW permit number ( LTPS...) to check if an all-Australian lucky draw competition is genuine!

Remember of course that this is only true for lucky draws - if it is a game of skill such as a
Words-Or-Less competition there is no legal requirement for any licence whatsoever.


Some tips on winning FB competitions that you may want to consider before you like and enter the next one on Facebook. Facebook competitions are often easy to enter but still you should be aware of a few things to increase your chance of winning on FB while avoiding some of the common pitfalls.

Know when to Like (and Unlike)

Many Facebook competitions require you to like the page as part of the entry or even before you can see the entry form. That is easy enough but you should also think through if an when you want to unlike it. Many compers just like the page to enter the draw and then unlike it as soon as they have entered - or so they think. If your plan is to only like the promoter's page for the sake of entering you should check the competition terms.
Some actually say that your entry only qualifies if you are still following that page at the point in time when they determine the winner. So if you unlike it prematurely you may have wasted your time as you would never actually have a chance to win.

Browse the terms and conditions

Reading those Ts&Cs is always boring but you may want to have a quick look at them just to make sure you understand what you need to do to win. Some brands do a good job show an excerpt of the most important things (how to enter, how to win, licence number if applicable) on the Facebook page so that you do not have to find it in all that legal text of the terms. One thing to note about the terms is whether they actually do exist. If there is no terms and conditions at all that is rather dubious and in violation of Australian law and Facebook rules. So I would recommend to stay away from anything that is lacking proper terms. Most likely you would waste your time as there is not actual prize to win.

Understand how to win

Apart from liking and maybe sharing with friends Facebook competitions are actually similar to other online competitions. The winner may be determined in a random draw, by jury decision on a 25 words or less contribution, some question and answer mechanism, a photo competition or a creative contest where the best entry wins. So in addition to liking the FB page you also need to perform the task, for example if it is a 25 words or less question to answer put some effort in and make sure you stick to the 25 words. Check also my tips on how to enter 25 words or less contests.

Avoid Facebook competitons that break FB rules

You may wonder why I bring this one up? In principle as a comper I agree that compliance with FB rules for competitions should not be my concern. However, it happens quite often that Facebook shuts down competitions or entire Facebook pages because they break the Facebook guidelines. When they do that you wasted your time with your competition entry as that competition is gone as well.
Brands should not do any of the following:
  • Run a competition directly on their Facebook wall (such as 'like this picture to win') but need to run it in a separate FB application
  • Request participants to ask friends to like the competition page as well.
  • Accept entries to a competiton just by a Like of a picture, posting or page.
  • Inform the winner on the Facebook wall. The rules say the winner needs to be contacted by mail or phone.
My advice would be to stay away from any competiton that violates those rules.

Careful with your data

If you are concerned about privacy you need to be extra careful with Facebook competitions. When the competition requires you to like the page your Facebook friends will be able to see that. If it is a creative or photo competition that you are entering it is likely that anybody on Facebook will see your picture, text or any other contribution that you made.
Some of the Facebook competition apps also request you to give permission to post onto your wall etc. If that is the case you may end up being drowned in postings by that brand. Not only may you not want to see that yourself but it may also be something that your FB friends find irritating.

Got into the mood for some FB comps? Then check out our listing of Australian Facebook competitions.

Lastly do remember:
Facebook is like a jail. you sit around,waste time, have a profile picture,write
on walls and get poked by guys you don’t really know. (quote from www.quotesable.com/facebook-jokes)


Are you also looking for the best Facebook competitions to join? I got a comment from one of our member regarding my last blog on Facebook competitions saying that is all fine but how to find all those Australian Facebook competitions. I guess she is not the only one so I put my reply here. If you just Google search Facebook competitions or Facebook contests you end up with a lot of stuff about Facebook regulations and quite long list of expired competitions. You can find stuff like that but it is quite tedious. You can also try the Facebook search function but that is really quite useless in my experience.

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What we do at AussieContests is that we follow all those Australian brands with good Facebook pages and constantly look out for their postings to spot the latest FB comp. Often we also get contacted directly by the brand when they are preparing to launch a new promotion to win something through Facebook. That's basically our daily Facebook work and all of that results in our listing. So if you check our directory of of Australian Facebook competitions you are pretty much set. We don't list everything out there, rather we focus on those FB promotions that are genuine and think our members would be interested in so it is a digest of the best win at Facebook stuff.


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!

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Imagine being a comper if websites like this didn't exist, Facebook hadn't been invented, and you couldn't Google the answer to anything.

Instead of entering comps by e-mail or text, you'd have to write everything out by hand and then entrust it to the postal service.

And rather than getting up-to-the-minute information about the latest comps from AussieContests, you'd have to rely on solutionist magazines that were printed and posted to you once a month and were usually out of date by the time they hit your doormat.

Well, that's how things were in the early Nineties – and author Jon McKnight, a comper in England, conjures up that far-off world in A Prize To Die For, a comic novel that lifts the lid on our obsession.

Here, in a special feature for AussieContests, he tells how he came up with the winning idea for a novel...
A Prize to die For

Tell people you’re a comper and there’s a good chance they’ll think of you as some sort of anorak – something akin to a train-spotter or a twitcher.
But tell them you’ve just won a car, and suddenly they’re all ears and envious looks. Such is the plight of compers. People are only too willing to portray us as losers (rather ironic, in the circumstances), but the moment we win something spectacular, they all want to know the secret of our success.
I discovered that for myself when, a couple of decades ago, I bagged an Audi worth almost a year’s salary with a slogan that beat 3,000 others in a national magazine competition. Suddenly, all the people who’d laughed at me for buying 99 tins of cat food despite not owning a cat were laughing on the other side of their faces. The National Lottery didn’t exist in the early Nineties, so anyone who won, say, £1,000 a month for life would have made front-page news.
It was while I was writing my 50th slogan for just such a competition (I won a runners-up prize of £100 a week for a week!) that the idea for my novel came to me. What if a struggling pet food company tried to publicise its way out of financial difficulties by offering a £1,000-a-month-for-life prize, but decided to fix the judging so that the oldest entrant won?
The firm would get tons of favourable publicity and sales would soar, and it wouldn’t cost the firm very much if the winner was a 95-year-old whose life expectancy would probably be shortened by the shock of the win.
But what if something went wrong and the prize was awarded, on merit, to a comper who was only 30? The Managing Director of the pet food firm would be incandescent with rage at the realisation that the young winner could cost him a fortune… if he lives! And so a plot was born...

The bent judge who would have fixed the result of the competition if he hadn’t been, er, tied up at the time, is pressed into service as an assassin and tries to ensure that the 30-year-old winner won’t be around to enjoy his win for very long. And that isn’t the only problem that the 30-year-old Tim Wembury has to contend with. He’s embarrassed himself severely to buy 36 condoms for a comp, only to find himself in the only city in Britain where the postmen are on strike, the postboxes are sealed, and he can't post his entries.

And he thinks he’s been clever by entering a comp on sexy Italian bikinis and only giving his initial on the entry form so the judges will assume he’s a woman… but he hasn’t read the rule about having to wear his purchase to the prize presentation. No matter how successful he is, Tim feels everything is meaningless unless he can win the one thing he wants most in the world: the heart of a woman. He can’t believe his luck when Dilly arrives on his doorstep to find out more about him for the pet food firm, and she appears to enjoy his company. But is she only being nice to him because it’s her job? And is she part of the plot to send him on a one-way trip to the next world? Well, you’ll have to read the novel to find out!


Suffice it to say that this is one of the very few novels ever to feature a comper as hero (I'm only aware of one other, which is no longer in print), and compers everywhere will recognise our unusual and fascinating world at every turn of the page. A Prize To Die For has been well received, so far, with a string of five-star reviews on Amazon. Reviewers have described it as "achingly funny", "a gem of a book" and "thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining". One comment, fortunately typical, was: "Not many books make me laugh out loud and hoot with delight, but this one did." It's jolly nice of them to say so, but what a shame they weren't sitting on the judging panels all those years ago!
Author Jon McKnight

That's one of the problems of being a novelist: every reader is chairman of his or her own judging panel. Will they think it's apt and original? Does it say what it needs to say in 72,000 words or fewer? And does it deserve to win space on their bookshelf? Another winner could, of course, be Plymouth, my home city in England. Not many novels have been set here, but A Prize To Die For uses real locations that people can explore as they retrace the characters' steps. It's a great city, and a perfect backdrop for a novel. Smeaton's Tower, the lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe, is the scene of an attempted murder, while the magnificent war memorial that dominates the skyline nearby has a secret chamber inside it that nobody notices even though countless people inspect the names on the plaques every year. But perhaps the biggest winners are compers themselves. Everyone who reads A Prize To Die For will finally understand how our world ticks, what drives us to often extraordinary lengths to enter and win competitions, and the rewards our passion brings. And now, the judging begins: will A Prize To Die For win a place on your own bookshelf?

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A Prize To Die For by Jon McKnight is published by Middle England Media and is available for Kindle, Kobo or iBooks. Details at www.aprizetodiefor.com and on the A Prize To Die For Facebook page.





We found a really cool giveaway in a competition by Miss Mel. If you are old enough or have been to Germany or Brazil where they were around a bit longer you may remember the classic Volkswagen Van that became a synonym for Hippie lifestyle. In this competition you can win a tent that has the exact looks and dimensions of that VW van. It is just great and if you set it up on a camping site you can be sure to get lots of fellow campers coming by to comment on it. Check it out here: Hippie Van for free

Volkswange Hippie Van

Some of you may may remember the 80s time capsule giveaway by Nat Geo. We find this is the same for the 70s, just better!


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:
new feature

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.
Hopefully, these two little symbols will make your navigation of our site easier and help you staying on top of these hundreds of competitions.

Thanks to all who had provided your feedback and please let us know if you have further ideas for improvement.


Ni hao! Ever been to China? This is a super chance to win a trip to China worth up to $10,000 and it is totally free to enter this competition!

The entry is quite fun and not difficult at all; you do your own 'China checklist' which is adding 5 attractions you would like to visit on your trip to China. There are many suggestions on the website to get you inspired. How about eating delicious Dim Sum in Shanghai, admiring The Great Wall, see the Terracotta Army, visit stunning natural scenery and temple and go shopping in ever vibrating Hong Kong?

If you are in a hurry but still want to enter, you could click on the 'Autfill my cheklist' button, but it is more fun to do it yourself!
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Now we are starting a blog about competitions as well. I am going to pick a few competitons from time to time that I think are worth mentioning and write about them here. It could be that there is a magnificent prize to be won, or the competition itself is fun to enter, or maybe it's just a ridiculously funny prize that you could win - anything, really, to make you smile!

If there is something new going on at AussieContests I will keep you informed here too, see keep an eye on my blog not to miss anything.


Christmas is coming sooner than you think and lets face it, you don't wanna eat Christmas food on all the days (even if it IS nice) so why not try to cook something Asian? Or if you win this, there is even some easy-to-cook Yum Cha Packs included in the prize. I really like the look of the bowls with chopsticks too, try your luck here:

Win_asian_bowls


I did some statistics today on competitions and figured out that the most common contests are still tablet PCs and smart phone. I think that has been the case for two years now. Quite surprising I find. Do organizers not come up with better ideas? Or at least other ideas?
Now the other thing I checked was what our visitors to Aussie Contests actually interested in. Having loocked at what people click on until my eyes got tired I can fonfirm that indeed you are still very much interested in consumer electronics and most of all in these tables and smartphones! With most people having the gadget already why would you want a 2nd one? Well I guess you can always give one to your mum.

Having figured out that I wondered whether you guys are more into Apple or Samsung. With many of my friends actually trying out Samsung after being long time Apple addicts I was really curious. Again looking at our clicks I can conclude it is something Apple vs. Samsung 7:3!

Whatever your preference is I can recommend either of these two competitions to help you get a Christmas present for yourself:
win_Apple_iPad win_Samsung_Galaxy

Just to let you know both of these are sponsored competitions. The two contests are organized by Planet49 and Cohort, respectively. I have looked into what they do and can confirm that these are genuine contests where the prizes are given out.
If you are still not sure if you want to be an Apple or Samsung owner you can always join both and let your luck decide. Or browse other contests with electronic gadgets here:
more electronics gadgets for the undecided


I got some email saying that there was a weird ad on my page. That made me think and I paid more attention to what actually is appearing myself. Just to let you know how this works: The ads that are showing are not actually selected by me. I just signed up with some network and they show ads that are supposed to be of interest to the audience of my page. Now how that should work I do not know but I think most of the times the ads are ok. I saw one however which I thought was quite funny if not to say useless:
The ad has these "before and after" pictures showing in rotation:
Face Before Face After

I first thought it was about lifting but it actually was a photo studio offering an extensive photoshop job on the pictures they take of you. I would say if the results is like this one might as well just get a picture of somebody else who is prettier haha!

What makes more sense to me is cosmetics and you can find all current competitions to win cosmetics in this list: Win cosmetics.

My favourite one is this one:
win_Apple_iPad
The clou with this prize is the blue thingy. That is to make my nail polish harden faster or better if I get that right. I would buy it because I wonder whether that actually works but for free I really want it quite urgently!

P.S. On the topic of the ads - please let me know if you see something on my page that you find is not appropriate. I will try and get it removed! Thanks



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