When I first started out entering competitions, almost 15 years ago now, the focus was on postal competitions rather than the web. There was a lot of terminology that went with the hobby, and still is! I was a little bamboozled to say the least. So, for any newbies out there here is a quick guide to some common competition terms you may encounter, along with their definitions.
- Comper – An individual who enters competitions
- Comping – The (some might say) art of entering competitions
- Professional Comper – The Press tend to use this term for very successful compers
- AIOE – All In One Envelope (a little extinct now but back in the day you would enter multiple competitions from one magazine, for example, by putting all entries in one envelope, isn’t the www a magical thing)!
- CD – Closing Date
- DTT – Day Time Telephone
- E/F – Entry Form
- FB – Facebook
- Follow & RT – in reference to a competition on twitter indicating you should Follow the company or individual hosting the giveaway, & RT the competition tweet
- FPD – Free Prize Draw
- Like & Share – in reference to a competition on facebook indicating you should Like the page which is hosting the competition & Like & Share the competition post
- LWE – Long White Envelope (those were lovely days when the postie brought more than bills)!
- NPN – No Purchase Necessary
- OOM – Order Of Merit
- PC – Postcard
- POP – Proof Of Purchase
- PPE – Plain Paper Entry
- SAE – Self Addressed Envelope
- STD – Spot The Difference
- TXT – Texting competition ie. Text to Win
- WEM – Winning E-Mail (more of these please comping fairy)!
- WTC – Winning Telephone Call
Comping is a hobby which can be very time consuming, but also extremely rewarding. I sometimes feel I need an assistant though to help me get through all the ones I want to enter!
If it would make your life easier you can follow me on any of my social media platforms and check out the competitions I am entering:
Please feel free to share your accounts below so we can share the comping love! Also, please do let me know if you have any comping terms to add to the post.