INSIDE: Ultimate Guide on how to win 25 words or less competitions & other fun comps too.
Want to try and win a trip or a cash prize or a gift pack of your favorite products?
One of the best ways to win a vacation, dinner and a show tickets, a bike, or a weekend getaway is to enter 50 or 25 words or less competitions.
(The nickname for these kinds of competitions is WOLS)
These types of competitions require effort, a dose of creativity, and time, so straight away the competition is less crowded as there’s lower participation rates.
A 25 words or less game changes it from an activity of chance, or a random draw, into a competition of skill, which is a bonus for those whose superpower is either wit, humor, & crafting prose.
Here’s our best tips on how to win 25 words or less competitions.
Take a look!
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3 Tips to Prepare for Winning 25 Words or Less Competitions
No.1: Set up a dedicated email for your comp entries
The first step before searching for 25 words or less competitions (and family travel competitions) to enter is to set up a new short and simple email address that you will use exclusively for competition entries only.
Gmail is a good bet.
Hotmail next best, although be sure to check your junk folders as some newsletters you subscribe to may not get through.
You’ll be typing this email address again and again, so make it easy, quick to type, and SHORT.
Try something inspirational like:
- [email protected]
- [email protected]
- [email protected]
- [email protected]
- or something equally short yet motivating!
Be sure to check this email address OFTEN.
You may want to add (or swap) this email address on your Facebook profile, so you receive messages from your FB comp entries too.
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No.2: Sign up for ALL the newsletters.
Yes, ALL of them.
The best way to find 25 words or less competitions is by subscribing to emails from:
- your local tourism boards, local or nearby destination marketing hubs, or tourism boards in your top countries
- your favorite shop brands, eg LEVI, Disney, LEGO, Barbie, Paw Patrol,
- the food & drink brands you love, eg Godiva chocolates, COKE, Boost Juice
- your favorite companies eg Netflix, Macys Department Store, Target, Walmart, IKEA
- your favorite places to go eg Disney Parks, Universal Studios, Diggerland, LEGOLAND, wineries
Brands, shops and companies use email marketing to keep top of mind with their customers, and stay connected with their loyal fans.
For this reason, they often send out exclusive competitions to their fans and followers as an added extra to say thank you for ongoing dedication and loyalty to the brand.
Quite often, these email campaigns include exclusive 25 words or less competitions because:
- these comps engage the customer or client in thinking about the brand
- the entries become the property of the brand and can be used in future marketing
- the best creative entries can be shared on socials
We have had the most success in winning competitions by entering ALL the comps sent to us via email newsletters.
Tourism Australia Facebook page. Image source
No.3: Follow these Facebook Pages
Sometimes, brands and companies create competitions (including 25 words or less, a survey, or a quick entry) solely for their facebook fans too.
Be in it to win it!
Be strategic and sign up to ALL the best Facebook Pages linked to YOUR favorite brands, tourism boards & more, as identified above.
Then scour Facebook for other family blogger pages, and competition databases too.
LIKE the pages and make a note of them somewhere (eg in a word doc)
Set your notifications to ‘see first ‘ so potential competitions appear at the top of your feed.
Seeing them first means you have some extra time to craft your response for your 25 words or less entry.
Note: We’ve not seen any 25 words or less competitions on Instagram. These tend to ask a comper to follow a brand, and/or tag a friend to enter.
BEST TIPS ON HOW TO WIN 25 WORDS OR LESS COMPETITIONS
The best way to win 25 words or less competitions is to follow these simple guidelines.
7 of the Best 25 Words or Less Tips
No.1: Determine the key word for the competition, and who is judging.
Read the question properly, and work out what they want FROM YOU.
It’s usually the brand name, or the product they are promoting in the question, eg:
- “Disneyland”, or “Disney World” or “Magic Kingdom”
- the brand of car
- the type of LEGO, eg LEGO creator, LEGO city, LEGO duplo
- the vacation destination
- the Airline brand eg Singapore Airlines, Qantas,
- the brand’s product eg Thermomix TM6
Avoid sucking up. Use the keyword but without over the top adoration, as that will look fake and contrived.
Also, be sure to answer the question they are actually asking, not what you think they are asking!
Hot tip: If it’s possible, determine or make a calculated guess on who will be JUDGING the competition, as that will help you determine the TONE of your answer.
Does it need to be:
- straight or business-like
- emotional & heartfelt
- nostalgic or sentimental
- honest & brutal, or
- cloak and dagger style etc
No.2: How to write a Competition Entry around the KEY WORD
Make a list of powerful, descriptive words that illustrate positive goodwill about the ‘keyword’.
This list gives you inspiration to include in the answer.
Don’t waste words.
Make the entry as ‘punchy’ as you can!
Or use the DICTIONARY and Thesaurus as a guide.
No. 3: The secret to winning 25 words or less competitions is to ditch the sight words
The brain is VERY good at reading sentences WITHOUT filler words, so don’t squander your 25 word real estate on them.
Take a look at the pic above.
I guarantee you read it as: Dessert, always a good idea.
But look closely. The ‘a’ is not there.
Your brain filled it in, as that’s a familiar modern meme.
Try to compose your entry WITHOUT the use of these basic sight words if you can:
Leave out all the space wasters!
Hot tip: EDIT, and use only what you really need. Just because it says 25 words, doesn’t mean you must use all of them if you can say what you want to say in 18.
No.4: To rhyme or not to rhyme? That is the question!
I like rhyme.
But the person deciding the winner may not!
Sometimes, the best competition answers include a rhyme, and there’s no better way.
But if you can create a clever response without it, all the better.
Try using your list of words as impetus to write your answer
- in a haiku style (three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables)
- free verse (No rhyme, no rhythm, but mimics natural speech patterns)
- with alliteration (repeating initial letter sounds)
- onomatopoeia (a word that actually looks like the sound it makes – splashing, boom, crash, hiss, vroom, boing!) or
- musicality (in that it almost sings when you read the sentence out loud)
- play on words (use common or well known phrases with a twist, or a famous song title that evokes emotion or is the right fit)
- write a pun, or a joke (and add the answer!)
Whatever you do, try to be funny, or write something a little unexpected that will capture the attention of the judges!
No.5: How to win creative competitions? Do something out of the blue!
If they ask for 25 or 50 words, write four.
Short, succinct and on point.
Or give a one word answer!
Where to find How to win 25 words or less competitions examples
If you need help with finding good 25 words or less examples, check out Twitter.
Twitter is the HOME of creative people who have learned to write powerful messages in less than 140 characters, but excellent writers go for even less.
You can also be ‘contrary’ or ‘obvious’.
I like the example of how someone answered a 25 word contest to win a new VW multivan with seating for seven, by saying “I drive a Ford Fiesta”.
How could a judge resist?
It’s a kicker!
No.6: How to win prizes? Stand out from the crowd
Use correct spelling and grammar.
This will keep you in with a chance, especially if the judge is a spelling nazi!
You’d be surprised how many people don’t have basic writing knowledge.
Also, if it’s appropriate, act the clown, and make them laugh with something stupid, but honest and real.
Most importantly, DO NOT DO BORING.
No.7: How to win competitions in 25 words? Edit, edit, EDIT.
Read your creative answers for competitions out loud.
Can you add something, or take something away to give it a little extra pizazz?
Make GOOD use of the word limit.
Check your spelling for the final time.
If you are unsure, ask a friend, or check the dictionary. Don’t chance it.
Lastly, COUNT YOUR WORDS.
Count them again.
Do NOT go over the 25 word limit.
That’s an instant disqualification and a waste of your precious time.
When it’s good to go, submit your 25 words or less winning entries!
2 Proactive Strategies for Winning Competitions
Dedicate TEN minutes to checking emails.
Set aside no more than 10 minutes a day to scroll your email for newsletter updates.
Enter enter any new competitions you find through links in these newsletters.
Flip through Social Media
Use your first 20 minutes on the Facebook social media platform to enter 25 words or less competitions you find in your feeds.
The more 25 words or less contests you enter, the quicker you get in coming up with a catchy response.
In total, that’s 30 minutes a day dedicated to comping.
Half an hour a day is a good investment of time towards winning all kinds of goodies, and definitely time better spent than just scrolling your feeds!
Where to find 25 words or less competitions
Here’s a head start.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to comb each of the UK competitions and USA sweepstakes & contests to find the 25 words or less competitions, as they are not categorised.
25 words or less competitions Australia
USA sweepstakes websites
- Money Saving Expert (UK)
- Money Saving Expert (Regular competitions)
- Competition Database (UK)
- Rosemary and Pork Belly (UK)
- The Prize Finder (UK)
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