From the Contest Queen
2011 Annual National Sweepstakes Convention

The website is now up and running for the 22nd Annual National Sweepstakes Convention taking place June 16-19, 2011 in Fort Wayne, IN. Sign up today!

They are also holding two contests:

2 Good 2 Be True
Create The Convention Logo

Enter to win some fabulous prizes. Hope to see you there!




SaleSpider's Refer, Earn & WIN Contest Update

Thank you for all your feedback! I have reported my findings and suggestions for improvement to SaleSpider. Now to wait and see what they decide to do...

Contest Queen Update

One interesting aspect of yoga is something I call Messages From The Mat (MFTM). They are insights that come to me while doing yoga. (Other common places people gain insights or have light bulb moments are; in the shower, while driving or doing a zen-like activity such as raking leaves or washing dishes.) Recently one insight I had was; I needed to change my expectations. Specifically, what I expected from my career path. Following that insight, I decided to revamp my resume, again, and expand my search to include temporary employment and retail. I am continuing to also seek employment in a traditional marketing role. Any help you could give me securing a new role would be greatly appreciated. Please email me directly with any suggestions or leads.

(I also created a new affirmation for my “job” search: I now choose to request and receive the perfect income solution for my current situation, at this moment, in this dimension, in space and time. I worded it specifically that way allowing me to find a job, have my business to ramp up again, let me win the lottery, etc. I do not want to limit the Universe. I am focussing on the end result, not the how.)

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Blog Contest

As promised, I am running another blog contest. Visit my alter ego the Lucky Yogini for your chance to win a 32oz jar of Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions (@TropTraditions).



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On my Tuesday September 21st show there was no guest so, I had Fun with Facebook! Discover how to find, organize, enter and win contests and sweepstakes on Facebook.

Facebook’s Promotional Guidelines

Here are some links to a few good articles regarding the guidelines for running a promotion on Facebook:

Inside Facebook: What it Means for Marketers (@JustinSmith)
Is Your Facebook Promotion Doomed? (@AllenMireles)
Bad News For Social Media Purists (@SusanChang)
Running a Contest on Facebook? That’ll Cost You!(@CarolineMcCarthy)

Companies that host legitimate sweepstakes on Facebook:

Involver (@involver)
Votigo (@votigo)
Wildfire Interactive (@wildfireapp)

Places on Facebook you can find legitimate sweepstakes to enter:

Winnla (@winnla)

If you missed the show, you can listen to it here. Plus, you still have time to enter the in-show contest! (HINT: You have to listen to the show to know how to enter.)

The following show will air on Tuesday October 19th. Details to follow.

You can listen live online and to ask questions you just enter the show’s chat room. You can also dial-in, (646) 200-4857, to listen to the show and ask questions. If you want to ask a question but are not able to listen live, email it to me in advance and you can hear your question(s) answered in the archived show.

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If you love my radio show, please mark it as a favourite. (Go to my show page and under the auto-media player you will see a wee red heart marked Fav. Click on the heart.) Thank you.


For the October 19th radio show, win a ladies t-shirt donated by (@divinedotca).

Are you interested in an inexpensive way to advertise your business? Please contact me directly for details.

CONGRATULATIONS! to Dawn of Upper Coverdale, NB!! She won the August With The Contest Queen prize, a ladies t-shirt donated by (@divinedotca).

Contestor News
Twitter Sweepstakes

My Sweeps Link (@mysweepslink) just added a new Twitter page allowing you to easily find sweepstakes on Twitter.

Have contestor news you would like to share? Send any news and announcements to:

You're a Winner

Have a great story to share? Send me your story to share with the contesting community.

Tips and Tricks

Be friends. The trick to increasing your odds on many Facebook contests is to be connected to other contest and sweepstakes enthusiasts.

Before you refer me to a sweepstakes, remember I can only enter contests open to Canadians.

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

Our Contest

A Sweepers Answer to a BINGO Troll!
Win a Good Luck Four Leaf Clover Stone in our next draw.

Have faith in this four-leaf clover and its luck will guide the way, good fortune will be yours each and every day. The four-leaf clover stone may be carried in a pocket or purse, held, or placed on a shelf.

If you are receiving this e-newsletter directly from me you are already entered! Please forward this newsletter to your friends so they can sign-up and have an opportunity to win too!!

Your Questions Answered

Many new subscribers are asking similar questions to ones I have already answered. To read those answers, check our 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010, archives of Your Questions Answered.

Hi Carolynn, I just have a question for the Contest Queen.
> When there is a contest that asks you to email a contest they usually say to use a certain phrase in the subject line. After you do that, what should you put in the body of the email message?

I have another question too. I have just begun to enter Facebook contests. Actually, I've only entered one. The one that I entered was a contest in which I had to take part in a live chat (for Lise Watier cosmetics) anyway; I never did see any rules. I also have no idea when and how they contact the winners. Is this typical of Facebook contests?
from the Yukon

Hi Susan,
I have a standard contest entry signature:
I have a secondary one with the addition of my BIRTHDATE in case the entry asks for it. Remember, read the contest rules. You may need to supply a STQ in the body of the email also.

As for the Facebook contests, as per the new rules, they are suppose to be run by a third party. You will find those contests and sweepstakes ask you to fill in an entry form, so similar to other online promotions, you will either get an email, a phone call or a letter. If they are not asking you to fill in a proper entry form, you will get a Facebook message.

Hi Carolyn,
If a contest says, “There is a limit of one (1) Entry per eligible person per specific UPC Code per week during the Contest Period.  In addition, no eligible person is permitted to use more than one (1) email account to enter the Contest.”, can I enter several UPC's during each week? Thanks! Glad to see you are emailing again. I love getting them.
Newmarket, ON

Hi Sherry,
If the company has 10 different UPCs, you can enter up to 10x per week garnering you extra entries.

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