Competitions

How To Enter Postcard Competitions

While snail mail isn’t as popular as it used to be, there are still hundreds of competitions a month that require a postal entry. I often find the vast majority of postcard competitions indexed in the latest edition of Compers News

Postcard Formats

There are two main formats of postcards that you can use to enter your postcard competitions;

A Plain Postcard
These postcards maybe a little on the dull-side but they are super cheap at just £1.35 for 48. Simply add the promotion address to the front of the postcard and add your details on the back. Add on a stamp and you’re good to go.

You could even opt to add a little personalised decoration with some budget stickers or sharpies.

A Picture Postcard
A little or a lot more expensive. Picture postcards add a little of your personality and help you stand out from the hundreds, or even thousands of entries. I opt for these beautiful Disney postcards

For the vast majority of postcard entries you’ll be asked to include your own address. However, this can often lead to the postcard actually being sent to you, instead of the promotor. To avoid this write your address, answer and any other details on the left hand side of the postcard at a 90 degree angle. 



Tips For Entering Postcard Competitions

Some ‘professional’ compers will use address stickers on postcards. This reduces the time it takes you to write your details on every entry, and also reduces errors. These are available for peanuts – I buy them for our eBay reselling packages. I’ve never used them for postcard entries for the fear of looking too ‘professional’.

The average cost of sending a postcard is approximately £1 which is why wherever possible I’d encourage you to opt for the free alternative (e-mail or web entry) or the cheaper alternative (possibly call or text message). In some cases a postcard entry might be the only form of entry. 

If that’s the case then saving money on your entry is your best bet and you can do this by; only entering the competitions for prizes you want to win & bulk buying your stamps at a discount.


As always I’d love to know what you think about postcard competition entries. Have you won big previously? Do you have any hints and tips for the readers? Let me know in the comments. In the meantime be sure to check out how I won £11,000 in competition prizes in 2016!