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You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Carolyn Wilman, she is widely known across the internet by her online moniker, The Contest Queen.  This title couldn’t be more befitting of a woman who truly is royalty within online contesting circles. Carolyn, who has been heavily into entering contests since way back in 1990, is a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge of the ins and outs of the online contesting world.  She should know.  Carolyn has won thousands of dollars worth of trips, cash and other prizes since the beginning of her contesting career.

I have been an online friend of Carolyn’s for a number of years now, and have often referred to her website, The Contest Queen, for advice regarding entering contests.  In my opinion, you won’t find anyone more knowledgeable about the topic of contests than Carolyn.

My own experiences with contesting date way back to the early 1980’s when, as a teenager,  I first started listening to CHUM FM and CFNY radio stations in Toronto.  I answered a shout out by a DJ at CHUM FM and called in for the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Men At Work in concert at Massey Hall.  To my absolute surprise, I was the correct caller and I won the tickets! That was my first “taste” of winning and I still remember the excitement I felt at winning tickets to my very first concert.

Winning the Men At Work concert tickets was the start of my obsession with contesting. Lucky for me, our family had just purchased our first phone with the “redial” button.  For those of you who have called in to win tickets from a radio station before, you understand just how much that redial button can be your friend.  It was from this point on that I spent countless hours glued to my radio, listening to my favourite 80’s music…and using that redial button to “call in to win”.  I won many more prizes this way during my teen years, including tickets to see Def Leppard in concert.  At the time, I had absolutely no interest in Def Leppard, so I sold the pair of tickets to someone for about $25.  Now I want to give myself a swift kick in the butt for doing such a thing!  I should have gone!

My interest in contesting petered out for a number of years, surfacing again in 2006 when I picked up a copy of (now defunct) Homemaker Magazine,  and read an article about websites where you could find freebies and contests online.  Curious, I took a peek at one particular forum that was mentioned in the article.  I was fascinated by all the free things I could obtain online…AND all the amazing contests I could enter, just by typing in my name and address.  All it took was one win and I was hooked on contesting again.

Contesting really did become an obsession for me for a number of years.  My “hard work” of entering numerous contests, every day,  started to pay off.  I won countless small and medium prizes, gift baskets full of wonderful products, and my largest win (to date!), a trip to the Dominican Republic.  I’ll never forget that feeling of finding out I had just won a trip.

Blogging takes up the majority of my time now, but I still find time to enter the contests that appeal to me the most. For me, Carolyn Wilman’s words, and the title of her book, You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter”, couldn’t ring more true.  As evidenced by my serious lack of contest winnings over the last few years, the time and effort you put into contesting has a direct effect on the number of prizes you will win. I’m living proof of this.

My sister has taken over my own contesting crown over the last couple of years after I introduced her to the world of online contesting.  She continually amazes me with the prizes she has won including; a trip for 4 to a Muskoka resort (which she invited me to!), a trip to England and the set of Downton Abbey, a $20K trip to Iceland (coming up this summer), and a trip to Mexico (to be taken later this year).  Some would say she is surround by lucky horseshoes, but I know better.  I know how hard she works at entering online contests each day – and it pays off!

I recently saw that Carolyn Wilman was selling off copies her book full of contesting advice.  I thought her book would make a great prize for one of my readers, so I purchased one to give away.  Many of you stop by my blog to check out my latest giveaways, so I figured this prize couldn’t be more apropos for one of you.  ***EDIT: See comment below from Carolyn herself! She is generously donating 5 of her books to give away!! Thank you Carolyn!!

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter covers topics ranging from increasing your chances of winning, to rules and regulations, online communities and more.  It’s a must-have guide-book for the novice contester or the seasoned pro.

Here’s your chance to WIN yourself a 1 of 5 copies of Carolyn Wilman’s “You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter”.  I wish you all “Good Luck”!!

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Disclosure:  Canadian Blog House did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions are my own


  1. June 9, 2014


    Sandy, give away 5 copies and I’ll autograph them and mail them out. You keep that one or give it to a friend 🙂

    • June 9, 2014


      SWEET! Thanks Carolyn! What a fabulous surprise! THANK YOU! I know just the person I will give it to…my sister 🙂 She’ll love it! Thanks for stopping by and making this giveaway even better!!

  2. June 9, 2014


    A trip to Iceland 🙂
    You forgot to mention all the complaints from the husband about the time spent entering the contests, but not about the wins. :0

    • June 9, 2014


      LOL just a minor detail 😛 Yes, complaints about the time it takes…but only too happy to go on the trips 🙂 hehehe

  3. June 9, 2014

    Suzanne G

    My biggest win was a trip to the Dominican and as we do not get to travel it was a dream come true.

    • June 9, 2014


      Oh Suzanne! Congrats! I’m so excited to read you won a trip to the DR as well! It certainly was a dream come true for me too and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your trip. Congrats!! Thanks for entering!

  4. June 9, 2014


    I’ve won a great variety of things over the years and truly appreciate each win, however the prize that stands out in my mind the most was concert tickets for a year. Music is such a big part of my life and I love going to concerts. I have so many memories from that year that I will cherish forever!

    A trip win has alluded me so far, but we have small kids and don’t live near family, so I only enter for ones the whole family could go on.

    Thanks to you and Carolyn for the generous giveaway!

    • June 9, 2014


      What a great win that was, Jonnie! Congrats! I’d love that one…concerts for a year 🙂 I’m a huge music/concert fan also, so that would be right up my alley. What wonderful memories you must have. Here’s hoping you win a family trip one day! Thanks for entering!

  5. June 9, 2014

    Erika E

    I was lucky enough to win an ipad and that has been the biggest prize. Many of the prizes I’ve won have made my family and I very happy even though they might not be considered a huge prize. Oddly enough, I like winning cleaning supplies. 🙂

    • June 9, 2014


      I like winning those too, Erika..and beauty products. I have my cupboard stocked with contest wins like that 🙂 Wowee! Congrats on the iPad! I wanted to win one of those for the longest time, but didn’t, so gave up and bought one awhile ago. Thanks for entering!

  6. June 9, 2014


    I’ve not won such a big prize yet! But my best win would be a gift card for $250 to Chapters/Indigo.


    • June 9, 2014


      Wow…I would consider that a pretty big prize, Dreena! Congrats! It may not be a trip but, if you love reading…that’s an outstanding GC to win 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  7. June 9, 2014

    Doris H.

    I won a $500 Best Buy gift card just before Christmas on Instagram. That was very exciting and couldn’t have happened at a better time.

    • June 9, 2014


      What an amazing prize to win at any time, Doris, especially just before Christmas! Congrats! I’d love that prize 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  8. June 9, 2014

    Amy C

    My biggest prize was a trip to Toronto.

    • June 9, 2014


      Oh Amy, that’s a great win! I’ve lived in TO and have visited many times, but I’d still be happy with at trip win to the city 🙂 Congrats! Thanks for entering!

  9. June 9, 2014

    Sarah @ Living As We

    I got lucky and won two Kitchenaid mixers in one year. I kept the first one, but sold it shortly after realizing I hadn’t used it in the six months I had had it.

    The second one I entered after finding it listed as open to Canadians on a website, only to find out after sending along my shipping information that it was only open to US residents. Luckily they suggested shipping it to a US address if I had one I could use. I messaged an old online friend on Facebook and asked her if her and her family would like a stand mixer and if so, can I pass along her address to have it shipped to her home. She was beyond excited since she has a big family. 🙂 Made my day.

    Thank you Carolyn for offering such great prizes! I hope to win a copy not only to read for myself, but to share with the skeptics in my life. lol

    Thanks for hosting Sandy.

    • June 9, 2014


      What a terrific story, Sarah!! Congrats on winning both of those mixers! Wow! I have one of those (not won, unfortunately) and I just love mine. That is SO awesome that you allowed your FB friend to receive the second mixer. Hope you received lots of good karma for that great gesture! Thanks for entering! LOL…oh yes…and I know all about the skeptics 🙂

  10. June 9, 2014


    I won a $500 gift card to a clothing store just before I started university! The greatest. Hoping for a trip soon.

    • June 9, 2014


      Congrats, Toks! That huge win couldn’t have come at a better time!! Nice 🙂 Here’s hoping you win the trip of your dreams! Thanks for entering!

  11. June 9, 2014

    pam t

    This book is fantastic and is a must read for anyone starting into the world of contesting. Thank you Carolyn for all that you have done for contesting!!!

    • June 9, 2014


      I assume you already have the book, Pam? Sounds like you know what you are talking about 🙂 Thanks so much for the endorsement and for stopping by to comment!

    • June 9, 2014


      Thanks, it’s why I am working on my 3rd book (2nd Edition) to be published this fall, I love to teach others how to have more fun in their lives, next I want to write one for the marketers to curb the mistakes we see in promotions every day

      • June 9, 2014


        Ooooh! You are a busy lady, Carolyn! Can’t wait to read those books 🙂 Keep me posted when they are published 🙂

  12. June 9, 2014

    Julie G

    How inspiring to read about everyone’s wins. My best so far was a luxury ski package to the Fairmont Properties in Banff & Lake Louise earlier this year. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • June 9, 2014


      Wow, Julie! Congrats! Now that to me would be an amazing prize. I’d love to visit Lake Louise 🙂 Thanks for entering!!

  13. June 9, 2014


    A $899 Bosh dishwasher last year!! I was so surprised by the win, it felt amazing to win it and get my picture taken with the sponsor.

    Thank you sandy and Carolyn for this fabulous giveaway 🙂

    • June 9, 2014


      Well THAT is an awesome win, Dream24! I could use a win like that 🙂 My pleasure….I knew everyone would like a chance to win this great book, and Carolyn made the giveaway even better! Thanks for entering, Dream24!

  14. June 9, 2014


    I have not won a big prize, like a trip, yet. The best one so far is a basket of lotion worth $100:)

    • June 9, 2014


      I won all kinds of prizes like that before I won my trip, May 🙂 Don’t give up! You have to keep trying 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  15. June 9, 2014

    Lynda Cook

    Good afternoon, I’ve won quite a few small items and my biggest so far would have to be a 200.00 gift card, juicer, shredder, tablet and a Kobo tablet, I love all the gifts that I have won and I really appreciate the hard work that you and all my new blogger friends put into hosting these great contests! my hubby kinda gets mad at me for being on the computer so much, but then he is like a big kid too when the Fed Ex truck pulls

    • June 11, 2014


      Hehehe! I think many of us are in the same boat with our spouses about time spent online entering contests, Lynda 🙂 But yes…they always love when those trucks pull up in the driveway! Great wins for you!! Congrats!! Thanks for saying so…it takes a lot of work to put these together, but it’s all worth it when I can make someone happy with a prize! Thanks for entering!

  16. June 9, 2014

    seham merzib

    I won a Leon’s couch it was $399 and i love it!

    • June 11, 2014


      Great prize, seham! So glad to hear how much your are enjoying your couch 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  17. June 9, 2014

    mongupp (@mongupp)

    Ooh my best prize is a Samsung Galaxie Tablet!

    • June 11, 2014


      Now that’s a great prize, mongupp! I think we’d all like to win one of those 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  18. June 9, 2014

    Jennifer P.

    I would say my best prize so far was a Phil and Ted’s Navigator stroller.

    • June 11, 2014


      Wow…that’s a great prize if you have a little one! I’ve heard they are great. Congrats! Thanks for entering!

      • June 12, 2014

        Jennifer P.

        Yep, I have a baby, and it’s fabulous! 🙂

  19. June 10, 2014

    Silvia D

    My biggest win was probably about 10 years ago I won $1200 Coleman camping package, everything from Coleman cookwear to tents, flashlights ect.. We still use all the items and have many wonderful camping memories using everything! Thank you for the great giveaway!

    • June 11, 2014


      That’s a fantastic prize pack, Silvia! Something the whole family can use…and create great memories with. Love it! Congrats! Thanks for entering!

  20. June 10, 2014

    Jan Dempsey

    I won $1000.00 in a money machine at an event that was sponsored by a local radio station. I was really nervous but it was so exciting !!! ( Hope to be a Contest Queen some day ! ). Thank you.

  21. June 10, 2014


    The last major prize I won was in 2000, I won a 2000 Ford explorer, with $3500 worth the camping equipment and $5000 cash, so I am due since it has been awhile

    • June 11, 2014


      What a fabulous prize that is, Darlene!! Wowee! Congrats!! I would have LOVED that prize! Thanks for entering 🙂

  22. June 10, 2014

    Cassey C

    I haven’t had any big wins yet, hoping I will win something like a stand mixer!

    • June 11, 2014


      That would be a nice win, Cassey! Here’s hoping! Fingers crossed for you 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  23. June 10, 2014


    I won a trip to the Northwest Territories! Valued at $13K … it was something I never would have been able to experience otherwise. I still can’t believe I won! It was amazing 🙂

    • June 11, 2014


      Oh Julie!!! That was a trip you WON? I didn’t know that! Congrats! That is such a great prize! A once-in-a-lifetime trip! Thanks for entering 🙂

  24. June 10, 2014


    a gopro and a blackberry

    • June 11, 2014


      Oh Patricks! Would LOVE to win a GoPro! Lucky you! Congrats on those wins 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  25. June 10, 2014


    I won some tickets to a Vancouver Grizzlies NBA game once… the fact that it was the Vancouver Grizzlies should tell you something about how long ago that was!

    • June 11, 2014


      LOL Robert! Time for another big win for you! Wow…I remember the Grizzlies 🙂 I got to see them in the Naismith Cup in Ottawa way back when. Thanks for entering!

  26. June 10, 2014


    Carolyn is such an inspiration, thank you for this!

    • June 11, 2014


      She sure is, isn’t she, Anna? You’re welcome! So glad you stopped by to enter 🙂

  27. June 10, 2014


    Biggest prize would be a trip. I was indeed lucky.

    • June 11, 2014


      Congrats, Anna! Gotta love those trip wins, eh? Thanks for entering!

  28. June 10, 2014

    Craig B

    Thanks for the awesome prize.

    • June 11, 2014


      You’re welcome, Craig…be sure to answer the mandatory question in order for your chance to win though 🙂

  29. June 10, 2014

    Darrah Bailey

    A SpringFree Trampoline..

    • June 11, 2014


      Oooh! We’d love a prize like that, Darrah! Bet you have fun using it 🙂 Love trampolines! Congrats 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  30. June 10, 2014


    it would be lovely if i can win:)

    • June 11, 2014


      Be sure to answer the mandatory question in order for a chance to win, Mandy 🙂

  31. June 10, 2014

    Amy Heffernan

    A trip to LA and i got to go on the set of The Voice and personally met Roma Downey and her husband Mark.

    • June 11, 2014


      Wow, Amy, that is a fantastic win! Congrats! Bet it was amazing! Thanks for entering 🙂

  32. June 10, 2014

    Arielle S

    My biggest win was $100 and (more) than a year’s worth of Cream of Wheat just last year! I’m definitely keeping up with my list every day – you never know when you’ll have a shot at something.

    • June 11, 2014


      I like prizes like that, Arielle…helps save on the grocery bill!! Congrats! Great attitude…you have to keep at it and it will pay off at some point 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  33. June 10, 2014

    Gary Lin

    I won $250 the bay gift card / golf bag with one club.

    • June 11, 2014


      Nice Gary! So did you spend the $250 on more clubs? Do you golf? Many people would love that prize 🙂 Congrats! Thanks for entering!

  34. June 10, 2014

    John T

    Can’t wait to win.

    • June 11, 2014


      Make sure you answer the mandatory question in order to have a chance to win, John 🙂

  35. June 10, 2014

    Florence C

    Trip to met the Cake Boss In New York City. A great opportunity to get to visit the big city.

    • June 11, 2014


      That’s a cool prize, Florence!! He’s great…and I love NYC! Congrats! Thanks for entering!

  36. June 10, 2014

    Susan H

    I love contesting, been doing it for about four years now. I started when I was unemployed and now even though I’m working, I devote time to it every day when I get home. 🙂

    My biggest win was a trip to LA to see No Doubt in concert (flights, hotel and concert tickets). It was amazing and unexpected. Took my sister who had never been to LA.

    • June 11, 2014


      Wow, Susan, that’s an incredible prize! I’d love to see them in concert…especially in LA! Congrats! Thanks for entering!

  37. June 10, 2014

    Jo-Anne Pfoh

    Kitchenaid Convection oven from a twitter party, and an ipad

    • June 11, 2014


      You’ve won some nice prizes, Jo-Anne! Congrats! I remember the iPad one 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  38. June 10, 2014

    Jo-Anne Pfoh

    if i don’t win where can i buy this amazing book please and thanks

  39. June 10, 2014

    BobbiJo Pentney

    The Biggest prize I won was a Honda push lawnmower.

    • June 10, 2014


      Oooh sweet BobbiJo Pentney! Do you like it? Congrats! Thanks for entering!

  40. June 11, 2014

    Josh S

    I won a trip to the Grey Cup one year. It was great, wrong team won though.

    • June 11, 2014


      Great prize, Josh! LOL you made me laugh (wrong team won). That’s too bad as it would have made a sweet contest win even sweeter, eh? Thanks for entering!

    • June 11, 2014


      No trips yet, Sarah? Your time will come 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  41. June 11, 2014


    this is cool

    • June 11, 2014


      Glad you think so, Dave…don’t forget to answer the mandatory question if you want a chance to win 🙂

  42. June 11, 2014

    Wanda Bergman

    I won a trip for two to the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992!

    • June 11, 2014


      Congrats, Wanda! What an experience that must have been! Wow! Thanks for entering 🙂

    • June 11, 2014


      Jason! That’s amazing! What a terrific prize! Did you keep it or sell it? Congrats! Thanks for entering 🙂

  43. June 11, 2014


    I won a chocolate bar once

    • June 11, 2014


      Well I think it’s time you won a big prize then, eh Bryan? Thanks for entering!

  44. June 11, 2014

    Chris MacDonald

    I won an SUV from Coke!

    • June 11, 2014


      Whoa Chris! That’s an awesome prize! Lucky you! Congrats! Thanks for entering 🙂

  45. June 11, 2014

    Jeffrey Rossnagel

    Won a trip from Monster Energy for a trip for 4 to Las Vegas to attend the Supercross Finals, with spending money/swag to boot!

    • June 11, 2014


      How awesome, Jeffrey! I bet that was FUN! Congrats! Thanks for entering 🙂

  46. June 11, 2014

    Joy M.

    I won a beautiful Weber BBQ at a Twitter party!

  47. June 11, 2014

    Tara Knott

    My best win would be from a contest where I had to create a recipe using Sun-Maid raisin bread. I won free raisin bread for a year and my youngest son was obsessed!! 🙂 came in very handy lol as it was what he asked for for his bday and Christmas!!

  48. June 11, 2014

    kellie Nehring

    I won $5000 from a local television morning show!

  49. June 11, 2014


    Biggest wins- Electrolux Washer & Dryer and trip to Florida!

  50. June 11, 2014

    Colleen Greer

    Never lucky enough to win!

  51. June 11, 2014

    Tammie S

    My biggest win was $1.000 in Sears gift card and $1500 in Shiseido makeup together:) I was so excited lol 🙂

  52. June 11, 2014


    I won a trip to Toronto, to the Hockey Hall of Fame, when Mark Messier was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, I helped him unveil his plaque, TSN interviewed me, what a thrill for my Husband and myself, we even sat with all the owners of the teams during the ceremonies, great trip

  53. June 12, 2014


    my most exciting was my first ever win – an appliance I entered to win for my mother – and I won it!
    Thanks for doing this! I think you’re just great!

  54. June 12, 2014

    Betty S

    Trip on the Rocky Mountain Train thru the Rockies, which we were able to extend to visit with family in Vancouver. Breathtaking

  55. June 14, 2014

    Rachel Cartwright

    I won $1,200 in a CHUM FM radio contest! It was so nervewracking, but amazing.

  56. June 14, 2014

    Donna V

    My biggest win was a $9,000 trip to Disney World. Everything was paid for ever the the tips!

  57. June 15, 2014

    cody pfoh

    nothing yet

  58. June 18, 2014


    I won tickets to Medieval Times

  59. June 18, 2014


    Hockey tickets.

  60. June 19, 2014

    Suzette Smeltzer

    I won a $2,000 spa weekend at St Anne. It was wonderful!!

  61. June 23, 2014


    $50 Gift card and a $5000.00 win that was Awesome! Now I would love to win the book to help with tips, tricks and maybe a little more luck…

  62. June 23, 2014

    Lisa Neutel

    I just won a weekend getaway from CasinoRama worth $800… This is my biggest win ever

  63. June 24, 2014

    Robyn Bellefleur

    A trip to the Bahamas.

  64. June 24, 2014

    Penny R

    I won a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland.

  65. June 24, 2014


    A trip to Toronto and New York with a flight in a private jet from Toronto to New York. Tickets to watch an advance screening of a movie and meet the stars of the film in New York.

  66. June 24, 2014

    Catherine Robichaud

    I won an all expenses paid trip to Nairobi including an African Safari.

  67. June 24, 2014


    haven’t won anything.

  68. June 25, 2014

    Ami B

    Oh I got to walk the red carpet with Jennifer Aniston for the Marley and Me Premiere when I lived in the UK

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