The SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

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You Can Win Valuable Prizes!

SurvivalBlog has an ongoing non-fiction writing contest. The writers of the top three contributed articles in the next 60 days will receive prize packages with a combined value of nearly $12,000:

First Prize:

  1. A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case–a $1,700 value.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR type rifle to have quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools, and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 MagPul PMAG 30rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt. (An equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions.),
  6. Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  7. The Ark Institute is donating a non-GMO, non-hybrid vegetable seed package–enough for two families of four, seed storage materials, a CD-ROM of Geri Guidetti’s book “Build Your Ark! How to Prepare for Self Reliance in Uncertain Times”, and two bottles of Potassium Iodate– a $325 retail value,
  8. A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo,
  9. is donating both an AquaBrick water filtration kit and a Stainless Medium Scout Kelly Kettle Complete Kit with a combined retail value of $304, and
  10. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of (a $180 value).

    Second Prize:

    1. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
    2. A FloJak EarthStraw “Code Red” 100-foot well pump system (a $500 value), courtesy of,
    3. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training. (A $400 value.)
    4. A Model 120 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $340 value),
    5. A $300 gift certificate from Freeze Dry Guy,
    6. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value)
    7. Twenty Five books, of the winners choice, of any books published by (a $270 value),
    8. A pre-selected assortment of military surplus gear from CJL Enterprize (a $300 value),
    9. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site,
    10. is kindly donating one of their Berkey-compatible 5-gallon bucket filter systems, complete with four black Berkey filter elements (a $245 value), and
    11. Safecastle is providing a package of 10 Lifestraw compact water filters (a $200 value).

    Third Prize:

    1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
    2. A $245 gift certificate from custom knifemaker Jon Kelly Designs, of Eureka, Montana.
    3. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
    4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
    5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
    6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances,
    7. APEX Gun Parts is donating a $250 purchase credit,
    8. Montie Gear is donating a Precision Rest (a $249 value), and
    9. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).

    Round 61 of the writing contest ends on November 31st, 2015

    Writing Contest Rules:

    To be eligible, an article must be an original work of at least 1,500 words.

    You can write on any topic related to preparedness or survival that you think would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. Again, to be eligible, an article must be an original work of at least 1,500 words. (2,500 to 4,000 words is ideal. Very long articles are allowed, but may be serialized, as the editors see fit.)

    Be sure to thoroughly proofread your article, and have at least one friend or relative proofread it, as well!

    All writings must be original works and the copyright will become the property of SurvivalBlog.

    Once your article has been posted at SurvivalBlog, you cannot submit it elsewhere! Do not send us articles that you have already posted or submitted elsewhere!

    Once your article has been posted at SurvivalBlog, the copyright belongs to SurvivalBlog. Similarly, if you’ve already submitted an article elsewhere, then do NOT submit it to SurvivalBlog unless you own (or have regained) full copyright and have the permission of any third party site(s).

    We reserve the right to edit articles for length, grammar, spelling, punctuation and to excise any portions that are off-topic. We reserve the right to post only those articles that we deem “blogworthy.”

    You can only be awarded one of the top three prizes once per year.

    Articles that are promotional are not eligible for judging in the contest.

    Articles may be written under pseudonyms.

    Guesswork is not acceptable. Unless you have tried something yourself or actually seen something done successfully, then don’t write suggesting that it “might work”, or “should work.” Nor can you recommend items that you’ve seen in catalog but have never tried. People’s lives may depend on what you write, so be absolutely sure that what you write is trustworthy and authoritative!

    Plagiarism is absolutely unacceptable!

    You must submit only your own original work. Brief quotes from other works are acceptable, but only if quotation marks are used, and full attribution to the original author is given. Any plagiarism will be grounds to have your article removed and disqualified from the judging.

    Special judging consideration will be given to the article with the most useful and detailed information on a practical skill that is applicable to a TEOTWAWKI situation.

    Since SurvivalBlog is essentially “text only” for the convenience of readers that use mobile devices, please only include illustrations with your article that have a direct bearing on the article or offer a visual explanation. Avoid “fluff” type illustrations, such as stock photos, selfies, et cetera. OPSEC should be used at all times when considering photos for the contest. If you choose to submit photographs, understand that the publishing of those photographs is at the discretion of the SurvivalBlog staff, and the photographs may not be used if the staff determines their value is marginal. Photographs should be submitted as 75% quality jpg or png with 1024 pixels on the longest edge. Line drawings and other high contrast submissions should be in the gif format. It is also acceptable to submit engineering plans in pdf format.

    Eligibility: SurvivalBlog advertisers, prize donors, editors, and families of staff members are not eligible for the contest. First Prize winners are not eligible for subsequent awards until two years have elapsed. Second Prize and Third Prize winners are not eligible for subsequent awards until one year has elapsed. Honorable Mention prize winners are still eligible for all prizes in subsequent rounds!

    So start writing, ladies and gents! You can submit as many articles as you’d like for judging.

    Please submit your articles only in RTF, MS-Word, OpenDocument, HTML, or plain text format, via e-mail. OpenOffice or LibreOffice .odt is preferred. (Please do not send articles in Microsoft Works format, thanks!)


    James Wesley, Rawles

    Senior SurvivalBlog Editor

    Congratulations to the Winners of Previous Rounds of the Contest:

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