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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
- Opinion Surveys with Competitions
- Creative Contests
- Photo Competitions
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 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 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!
To better understand the basics read Australian words-or-less competitons and find the latest words-or-less competitions here.
The other day I explained how making rhyme and especially a funny rhyme can help you win the contest.
I stumbled of this Limerick which may give you some inspiration:
There was an old man of Vancouver
Whose wife got sucked in the hoover.
He said, "There's some doubt
If she's more in than out,
But whichever it is, I can't move her!"
See my blog on tips to win words-or-less competitions.
Understand Words-or-Less to win in Australian competitions. Participating in a words-or-less competitions is very easy:
Strictly speaking to join a words-or-less competition you only need to write some text and comply with the word limit. So if it is a 25-words-or-less you really must not exceed that word limit or otherwise your entry will be disqualified no matter how good it is. Now that is easy enough but to make your entry a winner you also need to come up with something good that will capture the attention of the competition prize jury.
See my other blog for the complete guide to winning Australian words-or-less competitions.
Did you ever wonder why brands are actually doing words-or-less competitons? Words-or-less competitions are very very common in Australia for a number of reasons:
- They are fun to do
Many people enjoy entering words-or-less competitions pretty much like they enjoy solving some puzzle.
- Words-or-less for marketing
Competitions are often done by brands to create some buzz for their products. They may select words-or-less competitoins because this makes consumer engage with their product or brand as they get creative to write their winning entry.
- Legal reasons
Words-or-less competitions are games of skill which do not require a licence for the organizer. This is different from lucky draws which are governed by the various states' trade promotion lottery acts. Thus, organizing a words-or-less competitions involves much less red tape than a straight lucky draw.
You can always find the latest Australian 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:
- MiNDFOOD Words or less competitions
- Essential Kids Words or less competitions
- taste.com.au Words or less competitions
- My Child Magazine Words or less competitions
- Vogue Words or less competitions
- Shop Til You Drop Words or less competitions
- Penguin Books Words or less competitions
- Ultimate Travel Magazine Words or less competitions
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 conditionsReading 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 winApart 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 rulesYou 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.
Careful with your dataIf 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)
I was complaining a few months ago that we do not get enough Caption Contests in Australia. Unfortunately, not much has happened since then and there are still not may. Really a pity because I think they can be a nice change from all those 25 Words Or Less competitions that make us work so hard. I love competitions where you need to write a picture caption because it almost always ends with a laugh. Especially, when you can see other participants attempts at making a funny caption for a photo it really is entertaining.
Now complained enough for today... I am happy to announce that we found a nice caption contest again! In this competition you can win two bottles of champagne if you come up with the best caption for this picture:
I really hope we will be getting more such caption contests and in anticipation of all the stuff to come we set up a new section just for Australian caption contests.
Win a Porsche for a weekend by Woman With Drive is my favourite competition this month. You can win a whole weekend in a Porsche Cayenne or Porsche Boxster. There is a limit of 500km usage but I think that's quite generous already. It's my favourite competition this month not just because it is a really awesome prize but also there is a high chance of winning. It's a words or less competiton and as of Sunday night there were less than thirty entries and only a few more days left to enter. I reckon by the time the competition closes it may still be far less than a hundred entries so you got a really really good chance of winning.
Enter here to get your chance to ride a Porsche for free
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!
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...
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!
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?
Hyundai car goes to a member of AussieContests! Last night we got a message from one of our members on Facebook describing how she won not only a Hyundai car but also other prizes recently. We are obviously very happy to hear this story. It is of course very motivating for us to see that all the hard work actually helps our members. Read below for yourself.
Just recently becoming a member and a liker I am slowly going through posts etc and found the ones about facebook competitions - I would just like to say that at first I was very dubious of these, thinking they were the easiest way for "hackers" to get to our private information.
I then came across the Hyundai Australia page (always liking their cars I thought I shall like their page even b4 I saw competitions) - I then found the "why are you Unique" competition with 2 days before closing I decided what have I got to loose, if it's a dud site the most people will get is a good laugh at my answer. Well I got a phone call when it was drawn saying I am a finalist - WOW I though (the call came from Ausstero so I thought ok) well 3 hours later I got another call saying I won - my prize a Hyundai Veloster - wow how cool was that I only had to come up with 25 words or less why I was unique and I won out of 6000 entrants.2 weeks b4 that I won a washer/dryer combo through That's Life, and then 2 weeks after winning the car, I managed to win a weekly prize through Medibank - they are there if you are able to source your pages properly - keep up the good work compers - I am now fully addicted lol.
Congratulations to Carmen Leak for striking luck three times and in particular for winning that Hyundai. For those of us who not won anything yet this is a great insipiration and a reminder to keep on trying!
For those who are into wine this sounds like a fantastic prize to win. The winner will get two nights accommodation (be sure to be free October 24 and 25) at a luxurious inn, a dozen top wines and also entry to several wine tastings. You will be taken around to a number of the region's winemakers where you can discover the local specialities and of course get to try a variety of wine. And you will have a driver, so no need to worry about who is going to drive. Fabulous giveaway!
This is a word or less competitions, so you need to tell them what differentiates Orange as a wine region that is unique to this location? You have time until 10th October.
This comp should be pretty quick and easy to take part in if you are good with words or less competitions. Describe your dream Kogan Cruise. Well, when you read what this cruise is about and everything it is inclusive of, it is pretty much a dream cruise! 10 nights for the two of you with free-flowing beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, delicious meals and on board entertainment, wow!
Check if you would be able to go on the 21st of July and start completing the form, just click on the picture below.
competitions run by LEGO, LEGO online shops and many websites around kids, families and parenthood such as essentialkids.com.au, brickfiction.com, www.legoclub.com.au, justbricks.com.au. You can win LEGO Duplo for samller kids, the tranditional and more flexible LEGO brick sets for creative building, the new LEGO Friends series targeting girls and many of the other themed LEGO series such as LEGO City, LEGO Country, LEGO Star Wars and many others. Most of these LEGO competitions are words or less competitions where you need to motivate why you want to win or write something about a family or kids experience. Find the latest competitions to win LEGO toys on this page.
words or less competitions in Australia and How to win Words-Or-Less Comps . Try to be creative or funny in your answer. Also if possible mention the product or brand so you have a higher chance of your answer being selected by the jury. And absolutely make sure to stick to the word limit. If it says "25 words or less" they will disqualify you if you do 26 words or more.
Some people enter quickly lots and lots of words or less competitions to increase their chances of winning. In principle, this is a good approach. Usually words or less challenges have less participants because some people just cannot overcome the fear of blank paper. It is also true that for quite a few words or less competitions you can assume that the winner is almost determined by chance. If they have one thousand WOL entries it is very difficult for a jury to go through all of them. So although not quite right, in many cases the jury will look at some random selection of entries a bit closer and determine the winner from them. Nevertheless, you must put in some effort with your answer to have a chance. Even if the jury does not read all entries they will never award the prize to a contribution that is just lousy. So find a middle way between making good WOL entries and entering lots and lots of them! One thing you can actually do to make your participations easier is to recycle your answers. A good motivation to win a KitchenAid may also work for a competition for a Breville food processor!
A special case are recipe competitions. We also list them as creative competitions because you are usually asked to come up and share your own special recipe for a particular theme. Now most most of the time you would not actually write a recipe from scratch. Also such unapproven dish may not turn out very well. Rather you may have a very good family or personal recipe that just meets the challenge posed by the organizer of the competition. If that is the case go for the contest. Maybe tweak it a little bit to make it look every more innovative but then submit quickly. To our experience that has the highest chance of winning.
Photo competitions are a great way to win free stuff online. There is all sorts of photo competitions both for near professional photography enthousiasts as well as for the average comper who just wants to explore another way to win freebies. On AussieContests we list photo competitions that you can join to win no matter how good your photography skills are.
Photo competitions are becoming much more common. One reason is the social networks like Facebook and in particulare Instagram which make it so much easier to submit photos as a competition entry. If you want to win competitions you really should not shy away from photo competitions just because there are so many of them nowadays. The other good thing about photo contests is that you often have a higher chance of winning. Many people are shy to submit their photo so overall there is often less entries than for example in random draw competitions. And less entries means a higher chance of winning for those who enter. Great right?
Like with all competitions you need to make sure to browse through the rules of the photo competitions. What do they really require you to submit? And how will the jury decide on the best entry? In photo comps run by various brands in Australia, be it on Instagram, Facebook or their company website, very often it is not about the best professional photo shot. Rather the contest jury will decide on the winning entry based on how funny or creative it is. Rather like words or less competitions but with a picture instead. As they say a picture says more than a thousand words.
One thing you need to make sure when you submit a photo for a competition is that you actually have the rights to do so. Do not give in to the temptation to submit somebody elses shot. That will backfire. And don't make your life difficult. Once you understand what the competition rules require take your funny or creative shot that could make it, submit your photo and move on. If you win they will let you know!
Find the latest Mind Food competitions here. MiNDFOOD magazine has both a traditional and an online version and is published by Michael and Michelle McHugh since 2008. The magazine covers Health, Self, Food, Travel, Community, Environment, Culture, News, Fashion, Beauty, Style and Technology. It pretty much covers all lifestyle topics. They run mainly words-or less competitions and you can win prizes such as cosmetics, music and movies, kitchen stuff, books and gadgets.
- Win an Entity Health prize pack (Cosmetics & Jewellery)
- Win a copy of Family Guide to Waste-Free Living (Books & Magazines)
- Win a Peter Thomas Roth Jet, Set, Facial (Cosmetics & Jewellery)
Glassons is an women’s fashion label with around 30 outlets nation wide. Glassons carries fashion for women of all ages. They carry a good selection of clothes and upgrade the range of products regularly. As policy Glassons offers free standard delivery on all Australian orders, and can ship to Sydney within 3 hours for less than 5 dollars.
- Win a $1,000 wardrobe (Vouchers & Gift Cards)
Win a trip to Las Vegas How to Enter:
6. To enter, Entrants must during the Promotion Period:
a. Purchase a pack of Hairy Lemon effervescent tablets 10’s, 20’s or 40’s from Coles, Woolworths or selected pharmacies; b. Complete the entry form provided at participating pharmacies by filling in the required mandatory details and write a comment (in 25 words or less) describing a time when the Entrant most needed a recovery. Go to www.facebook.com/hairylemonpickup and go to the “Recover from Vegas” application and enter the Entrant’s details.