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From the Contest Queen

I had 30+ people respond to my invitation to join Canada’s first official contesting club. Many were interested in knowing exactly how a contesting club works. Each club has its own format. Here is roughly the format used by many groups and how we will be running ours. The meetings are held in a restaurant. (In lieu of membership fees, attendees are expected to patronize the restaurant.) Everyone has a bite to eat and as the meal is winding down the meeting begins. Everyone has an opportunity to speak about themselves, what they had won during the past month, any new sweepstakes they found, any tips or tricks they may wish to share. Since most groups are small 10-15, with such a large group, there will be a time limit so the meeting doesn’t run on too long. Then the internal draws begin. Everyone arrives to the meeting with the following: a $1 scratch lottery ticket, a blank stamped #10 envelope, a blank #10 envelope and a blank 3x5 card. (Many US meetings also include decorated envelopes and postcards but since Canada’s sweepstakes are about 80% online we are changing the format a wee bit.) Then we will draw names for the prizes. Since the group will be so large we will break the prizes up so more people ca win. Meetings will be on the third Sunday of every month from 1:00pm-3:00pm starting in September. (Occasionally the meeting will move to another Sunday due to special occasion or holiday weekends.) I am looking at several restaurants with an area large enough to accommodate everyone that serves good food at reasonable prices, is on the subway line, is close to the 401 and has free parking. So far, Moxie’s in the Madison Centre (at Yonge and Sheppard) and The Pickle Barrel in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre are the forerunners. If you are interested in joining, please email me. (If you are in the US and wish to join a local sweeping club, check out the Sweeping Club page on our website. If you are already a member of a sweeping club and have any tips for me to make our meetings better, I would appreciate it if you dropped me a quick email.)

Well, after I declared my husband ineligible to win my photo contest entries began to pour in. Holly of North Vancouver BC won a copy of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter! She found my books in Indigo Books on Marine Drive in North Vancouver BC. Congratulations Holly and thanks to all of you that sent in entries.  It was fun seeing my book in stores across the country.

The American Edition of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter is taking longer than I thought it would. You think I would remember how long the research and interview phase took since I have already written the Canadian Edition. If you have a good, funny or even a sad story about a sweepstake or contest, I would love to hear from you. Email me directly or fill out our online submission form.

And when you get a moment, please visit our website and check out our new home page!

HAPPY CONTESTING,

carolyn@contestqueen.com

Tips and Tricks

OOPS! This correction was sent in by Sandi from Grand Rapids, MI.

The information you had given was incorrect about the standard postcard size - in the US the standard postcard size is 3½” x 5½”. I am sure you can contact the United States Post Office to get information on this subject or just check it out online. For the cost of 24¢ you can mail a postcard up to 4¼” x 6” but it is not considered a standard size by my post office.

Have a great tip? Send me your best tips to share with the contesting community. Remember “You Can’t Lose Helping Others Win”. tipsandtricks@contestqueen.com

Our Contest

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Your Questions Answered

Many new subscribers are asking similar questions to ones I have already answered. To read those answers, check our 2005 and 2006 archives of Your Questions Answered.

Carolyn,
I enter contests daily. Am trying to win a vacation, I dearly want to get away. Any suggestions about how to win one of these contests and the best ones to enter?
Regards,
Elizabeth
Dartmouth NS


Hi Elizabeth,
Funny you should write about trying to win a trip. I have been "trying" to win a car. I have a chapter in my book called Attracting Luck. I happened to be watching Wayne Dyer today, The Power of Intention. You need to focus on winning and going on the trip, not the lack of traveling. You attract what you focus on. Enter all the trip contests you can, intent to win a trip, let it go to the Universe and allow it to happen. I recommend several books on the art of attracting what you want in life:
The Law of Attraction by Michael Losier
The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale
Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Read my newsletter on my intending to win a trip. Trust that your trip will come too. Visit www.contesthound.ca or www.contestcanada.com for listings of trip contests.
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

Hi Carolyn,
I was notified that I won a weekly prize May 26. I responded right away and sent in a signed release form. Since then I sent two emails to the email address of the media group that notified me, just asking what I won and when I might expect it, but haven't gotten any response. I am listed as a weekly winner on the company's website. Just wondering what you might suggest I do. Should I just go on waiting for this prize? Or should I follow up on it, and who I should follow up with? Thanks.
Regards,
Tony
Oakville ON


Hi Tony,
It normally takes 4-8 weeks to receive a prize. However, since they are not responding to your inquiries, I would call the receptionist; ask for the owner/President/etc. and explain your problem just as you did to me. Things always seem to happen from the top down. Let me know what happens.
Carolyn

Hi Carolyn
I received my prize this morning. It took eight weeks and two days to receive it after I was notified of winning. You were pretty much right on with your 4-8 weeks answer. And this company took it to the limit. I did call the contest sponsor company management, as per your suggestion, and they got somebody from the media company to call me. The person from the media company basically told me the same thing you did; 4-8 weeks. And that I should receive it in approximately two weeks. I went back and read through the contest rules and they stated nothing about 4-8 weeks to receive a prize, so it must be a kind of unwritten assumption that a contester needs to make. Thanks again. Have a great day. :)
Regards,
Tony


Hi Tony,
Glad you got your prize. I just got one last week I won in March. They had a problem getting the prize (a TV) so they finally just sent a gift certificate for Best Buy. That worked for me because what I had really wanted to win was a portable DVD player so it was worth the wait. Actually Tony, you make a good point – the rules don’t always state the timeframe prizes will be delivered in, but 4-8 weeks is a good rule of thumb to go by. It’s another great reason to keep track of all your winnings. You can then know exactly when to expect a prize and when you may need to contact the company regarding your win.
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

Send me any sweeping or contesting questions you would like answered. questions@contestqueen.com

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter

The Canadian Edition of You Can't Win If You Don't Enter should now be in your local book store. If not, you can take in a copy of my sell sheet and ask them to order your copy.

I am continuing to research the American Edition and I am targeting to have it published Fall 2006. Please contact me directly if you have any tips, tricks or stories that you think would make a good addition to the American edition.

Keep your eye on this section for future updates on the book’s progress.

Feedback

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