Lynne has won thousands of pounds worth of prizes including two cars and worldwide holidays. Main picture above: prize winning holiday to Saariselka.
I read a magazine article about a lady who had won cars, household appliances, even the house itself! Intrigued, I thought this would be a good pastime and discovering a crossword competition in a local store, I was delighted to win £10. I was hooked.
Inspired, I set out to learn more about this win-teresting pastime and won a family holiday to Devon and a shopping spree in a local menswear shop, which delighted my son and husband. I soon realised there was a knack to slogan writing, and indeed to entering creative competitions such as devising recipes, designing T-shirts with slogans, etc.
Moving to Lincolnshire, I continued my new hobby and by coincidence, in our local newspaper, noticed that journalist, Winn Sommor, was writing a weekly how to win competitions feature in which she invited readers to contact her if they’d like to swap details of current competitions. I contacted Winn through the newspaper and by coincidence she’d won a dinner service at a store near my home, so we agreed to meet, got on well, and we’re still good friends.
I confided in Winn I had a lifelong dream to become a writer and author. Winn told me,
“No-one is going to buy a competition magazine or book written by a complete unknown. People like to read an introduction something as follows: "Mrs. X has won countless prizes, including a car,
holidays and cash as well as numerous runners-up prizes, and is well known in the competitors’ world for her articles featured in...” She suggested I try and get some articles published in well-known
comping magazines and win a few more substantial prizes.
Lynne with one of her prizewinning cars. Main picture above taken on a prizewinning holiday to Lapland.
Rising to the challenge with enthusiasm, I planned and organised my comping activities and began entering competitions every week. Shortly afterwards, attending a job interview to teach computer skills, my career took a change of direction, and lead to a fascinating adventure, which all started with a coffee jar label on the interviewers desk. I must have kept glancing at the label, for the interviewer asked me what I was looking at. I replied, "I was wondering whether it was appropriate, in the middle of an interview, to ask if I could have the coffee jar label." Intrigued she asked why, and I told her about entering competitions, following redundancy, and how I’d won a few small yet wonderful prizes.
I came out of the interview with a job, but not the one I’d applied for. Instead, I was offered two 12-week courses, teaching adults How to Win Consumer Competitions. I promptly accepted, came home and wondered what on earth I was going to teach. Inspired to action, I planned the course, breaking down the topics into twenty-four weekly lessons and began to research more into this exciting world of 'comping', and helping my students to win prizes along the way.
Within six months I was writing features in competition magazines and a monthly Win With Lynne column. Plus, by then I had won a TV, two fantastic holidays and a Ford Fiesta.
With the goal to write a book, I realised I now had a topic and my class notes became the basis of my first book, Win With Lynne: How to Win Consumer Competitions. When the book launched, a story appeared in the Sheffield Star, the local paper in my home town, which was picked up and featured in the national press. This led to other TV appearances on chat shows and documentaries.
Lynne Suzanne (right) appears on TV news programme after winning her first car
I met many lovely people, made new friends and life was exciting, as you never knew what the postman or next phone call would bring.
Thanks to competitions, I never did pursuit my original career. Instead, I followed my dream to become a writer with several published Win With Lynne features appearing in national magazines, weekly articles in regional newspapers and a daily Competitors Corner in the Daily Mail, which ran for three years. Three more books followed - Simply Slogans; Win Your Fortune in Prizes; Pun-ch Lines! with co-author Dee Tracy, a series of Intaslogans booklets, edited a competition magazine and organised UK competition days and weekends. And it's all thanks to this wonderful hobby of comping.
I'd also like to thank readers of my books, for following the success of How to Win Consumer Competitions, this lead to an exciting new career in writing.
I hope you find as much fun as I have from entering, and winning prize competitions. Happy Comping.
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Lynne has helped many people to win fantastic prizes through her newspaper columns and books, and herself has won thousands of pounds worth of prizes including two cars and worldwide holidays. Lynne shares her secrets of success in her latest books: Win Cars Holidays and Prizes is packed full of prize winning advice and anecdotes, whilst Punch Lines has over 4,000 puns and word play, ideal for journalists and advertisers to create catchy taglines, headlines and copywriting.Copyright © 1993-2020 Lynne Suzanne, freelance writer and author