List of UK competition websites
As a new comper, how can you tell which websites to trust with your details? This post – which is updated regularly – lists all the major UK competition websites – good and bad.
If you’re a promoter looking for advice on where to share your competition or prize draw, click to read Where to promote a competition instead. If you’re based outside the UK, check out my list of worldwide competition websites!
When people take up comping, their first instinct is to search Google for competitions. Search results will take them to websites and adverts tempting them with fabulous cash and holiday prizes. They sign up, get bombarded with spam emails – and lose all enthusiasm for the hobby!
When you register with a data collection website like My Offers, your details are passed on to various companies (loans, gas & electric suppliers, insurance companies etc.). The prizes are genuine, but the competitions themselves will be featured across many websites and get hundreds of thousands of entries. In this post you’ll find a list of these spam-generating websites – my recommendation is to avoid them!
If you’re new to comping, your best bet is to stick to entering comps from promoters you trust – magazines, products, shops and companies. Enter directly on their websites or social media pages, and check any tick boxes carefully to see if you are agreeing to further correspondence – in particular don’t tick a box that says your details will be passed on to third parties. It shouldn’t make any difference to your chance of winning a prize draw if you decide not to join a mailing list! You should also set up a new email address to use only for competitions (I recommend Gmail) – and have a good read of my Get Started guide for more advice.
You can rest assured the competitions I share on the SuperLucky website (and my Facebook page) won’t generate spam – as a comper myself I only feature promotions and links to brands I trust. If you’re a promoter and would like to feature your competition on SuperLucky, please contact me for costs.
Competition forums you can trust
If you want to be certain you’re not clicking on spam-generating links – which appear on all sorts of websites – stick to finding competitions on forums, where users post up the links. It’s rare for a dodgy promotion to feature, as they are usually quickly flagged up and removed by the admin team.
- MoneySavingExpert Competition Time forum (MSE) is vast and can be confusing for new compers. There’s no way to sort the prizes by category, but you can view by closing date order – if you have a lot of time to dedicate to comping, it’s great. If you don’t, use the forum search to look for specific prizes and competition types. You don’t need to register to access the competition posts, but if you do use it regularly you might want to get stuck in and post competitions yourself.
- Hot UK Deals Competition section has comps submitted by members, and you can view by category – you don’t need to join to access the listings.
- Loquax Competition forum requires registration before you can access the competition listings on the forum, but it’s a smart and well-organised system. The benefit of a forum which requires log-in is that the listings won’t appear on a Google search – this means less entries than comps listed on MSE or The PrizeFinder.
- Latest Deals Competition section is similar to HUKD, with comps submitted by members.
Competition listings sites you can trust
At the moment these sites don’t feature links to any spam-generating websites, but you might encounter adverts.
- www.rosemaryandporkbelly.co.uk (although not a competition site, this is an excellent resource for travel and holiday comps!)
- www.twitaculous.com (you must connect to your Twitter account – there’s also a paid membership option which removes adverts)
Competition listings sites with affiliate links
The sites listed below are funded by paid links and advertising, but can be a good resource for comps. Once you become aware of the spam-generating sites (see list further down), you should be able to quickly spot and skip the adverts and links while comping. Stick to the links that take you directly to a promoter’s website or social media.
- www.theprizefinder.com (if you register your details, you can access answers and the tracker BUT you’re also allowing your details to be passed on to other companies)
UK competition websites with their own exclusive giveaways
These websites host their own giveaways and also list their winners – these websites do feature ads, so be careful to avoid clicking on any ads that link to the spam-generating sites in the list further down this post!
- https://winthedraw.co.uk – enter daily for more chances to win these exclusive prize draws
- www.PrizeDeck.com (register for free by entering your details once and then you can enter all their exclusive prize draws – you’ll ONLY receive emails directly from PrizeDeck and they list all their winners on site)
- iWon iWon (register and enter daily for more chances to win- find out more on my Click To Wins post!)
Daily entry & Click-to-win websites
Most UK magazine competitions are hosted online – you can enter each prize draw every day to increase your chance of winning, and will need to register and sign in for each different website. These are often nicknamed ‘Click to Win’ comps.
Some prize draws feature across multiple magazine websites, and you can enter on every one. Watch out for the tick boxes to opt in for further information – avoid where possible! These prize draws are time consuming, involve lots of adverts and sponsorship, and the chance of winning is low. I recommend you only get involved if you have lots of spare comping time on your hands, and focus on the prizes you really want! Find out more and get lots of tips in my guide to Click To Win Competitions.
WinSomething – Bauer media
- http://winit.winsomething.co.uk/ features official competitions from Bauer media sites – if you see ‘winit’ or ‘clickswin’ at the start of magazine or radio station URLs, they are Bauer sites. For example, Closer comps are at winit.closeronline.co.uk and Bella comps are at clickswin.bellamagazine.co.uk
- On a Bauer competition page, click Official Rules to see which other websites the giveaway features on – there’s only ONE prize across all those websites, but you can enter on all of them.
- Don’t forget Bauer only let you win one prize worth £500 or more in a 6 month period. Check Bauer and Global prize restrictions for more details.
The Competition Platform
- The Competition Platform run prize draws and instant wins for DMRi magazines, and the URLs start with ‘comps’. For example, Prima comps are at comps.prima.co.uk and Woman comps are at comps.womanmagazine.co.uk
- These sites offer daily entry, but are littered with tick boxes and host a large number of ‘guess the winning number’ competitions which only offer a ridiculous 400,000 to 1 chance of winning!
- You can check out entry statistics for all the DMRi magazines at thecompetitionplatform.co.uk/sites – it’s interesting reading! Keep in mind that although 20,000 entries sounds like a lot for one prize draw, a lot of people will be entering daily for a few weeks so it may just be 1,000 entrants.
Paid subscription sites you can trust
No matter what websites might tell you, comping need not cost you a penny – if you do decide to spend money on the hobby, my recommendation would be to join Compers News as you get a printed/digital magazine and chat forum access for £4.95 a month – use my referral link to get your first issue for just £1! Here are some other subscription-based competition sites you can trust:
- www.compersnews.com (subscription includes monthly listings magazine & private forum)
- www.competitorscompanion.com (NOT related to Competitors Companion magazine)
Pay-to-enter UK competition websites
There are also a lot of websites that charge you to enter prize draws and competitions. The prizes are genuine but please think carefully before spending money on these sites as it can be addictive. Examples are BOTB and BnGet (both of these host skill-based competitions, where the closest answer will win – so, if you spend more money and are good at spot the ball you’re more likely to win). Other pay-to-enter prize draw ‘raffle’ websites give a small percentage of their revenue to charity – but it’s still a very expensive way to enter a random prize draw, and can be the first step towards a dangerous gambling habit. I don’t recommend them.
Global Radio host paid entry competitions on their Win+ platform – again, I would suggest you avoid these £2 entry draws and instead check the Heart, Capital and Radio X websites for details of the on-air comps that you can enter for free, or for the cost of a standard rate text message! The Bauer group has a similar paid entry platform in the form of Prize Jar. See my post How to win radio competitions for tips on winning radio comps without spending lots of money!
Spam-generating survey and competition websites
The sites listed below do have genuine prizes, but with a tiny chance of winning. If you tick the boxes when entering prize draws, they will generate spam email, junk mail and phone calls, and in my opinion are a waste of your time.
Other advice on competition websites
- If you receive a letter from Wye Valley Promotions – (Prize Directory, or the National Competition & Survey Entrants Register) asking you to make a £9 phone call to find out if you’ve won a prize, make sure you remove yourself from their mailing list – read more here
- Beware of prize draws promoted by Discover365, Optical Express or Thomas Sanderson – they will badger you with annoying phone calls and texts!
- There are lots of ‘tick boxes’ on some online magazine prize draws – Roboform custom settings can help you to tick the ‘No’ boxes, but always double check you’re not opting in to junk mail before submitting
- Most competitions hosted on Facebook timelines, Instagram or Twitter are safe, as no personal details are collected at the point of entry. It’s when you give out your email address, postal address or phone number you should be checking the T&Cs and watching which boxes you tick! Watch out for giveaways on Facebook scam pages though – if there’s no website address listed on their About section, don’t trust them!
- Profile cloning is rife on Facebook and Instagram – be suspicious of long messages with bad grammar, and a link to complete a claim form online for your prize. NEVER give your credit card details or make any payments to receive a prize.
- Learn how to spot a scam email in your inbox or spot a scam text message
- Finally, don’t get tempted by subscribing to Automated Entry Services that will enter competitions on your behalf (eg. Win 24) – most promoters will delete entries from these services so it’s a waste of your money.
These are my own opinions based on my own experiences of these UK competition websites, and the experiences of fellow compers – you can always google a website name plus the word ‘review’ for people’s opinions too.
Please do leave me a comment – is there a new website you’d like me to add to the list, or simply to let me know which website you would recommend to new compers!