Channel 5 competitions: how to enter for free
Although the prizes aren’t as huge as those you’ll find given away in the ITV competitions, Channel 5 competitions feature some excellent holiday, short break, gadget and cash prizes.
The prize draws are advertised on a range of Channel 5 TV shows, and the text entries cost a pricey £2 each, plus the cost of a standard rate text (around 15p).
But did you know that, like ITV, you can send ‘free’ postal entries for most of the Channel 5 competitions?
Several SuperLucky readers have won prizes by sending off postcards! All entries – whether by text or post – have the same chance of winning as each one is assigned a unique ID number. The winning ID number is chosen at random from all entries using a winner selector tool, under independent supervision.
Note that a postal entry is still officially considered as a free entry, even though sending a second class postcard will cost you 75p for a stamp. That’s still much cheaper than £2.15 for a text entry though!
Who is eligible to enter Channel 5 competitions?
Channel 5 competitions are open to all residents of the United Kingdom, but not Channel Islands or Isle of Man residents. The Channel 5 general competition T&Cs state there is no minimum age for entry, but a winner aged under 18 must take an adult with them if they win a prize including travel.
What prizes can I win in Channel 5 competitions?
The majority of the Channel 5 competitions offer holiday and short break prizes for two people, usually accompanied by some cash too. Check out all the current prizes at www.channel5.com/win
How do I send a postal entry for a Channel 5 competition?
Check the Channel 5 competitions page for current competitions – each prize has a different keyword (eg. HOLIDAY) to write on your postcard, so entries can be sorted when they arrive.
For postal entries, you can use a picture postcard, a plain postcard or an envelope. It’s fine and eco-friendly to recycle used birthday and Christmas cards or product packaging for your competition postcards!
If it’s plain card, write the keyword plus the address on the front – PO Box 7557, Derby DE1 0NP, then your name and phone number on the reverse.
If it’s a picture postcard then lay it out like below, with your details on the left (not my real phone number, of course!)
If you write details vertically, there’s no risk of the Royal Mail machines confusing the sender’s details with the destination address. I do this for all my postcard entries, even if I’m just adding a phone number!
If you don’t have a postcard, it’s fine to send an envelope – either seal it and write your details on the reverse, or write your details on a piece of paper and put it inside the envelope.
You must use a stamp on your entry! If you use a second class stamp, post early – it could take a long time for your entry to arrive.
You can enter each Channel 5 prize draw by post as many times as you like. Each entry must be sent on a separate stamped postcard (or envelope). You can’t send them all together in one envelope – they will just be binned!
Where can I see a list of Channel 5 winners?
Winners details are published at www.channel5.com/win/competition-winners
Good luck, but keep in mind that every Channel 5 prize draw gets thousands of entries. You’ll have a much better chance of winning prizes in purchase necessary competitions or Instagram prize draws! Check out these helpful blog posts: