Notes from JWR:

We’ve completed the judging for the latest round of our nonfiction writing contest. The judging was difficult, because we had so many great entries. The first place winner is Carolyn W., for her lengthy article Gardening and Seed Saving. She wins first prize: two transferable Front Sight  “Gray” Four Day Training Course Certificates. This is an up to $4,000 value.

Second prize goes to “Hermeneutics” for her article Intellectually Self-Reliant Children: From Homeschooling to College. She will receive a three day course certificate from OnPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses.

Third prize goes to Ryan S., for his article Criminal Gangs in TEOTWAWKI — Understanding a Potential Threat. He will receive a copy of my “Rawles Gets You Ready” preparedness course, from Arbogast Publishing

Honorable mention prizes go to Donna G. for her article Mini Dairy Goats for a Sustainable Future., and to O.F. for his article Preparing for Survival Retreat Perimeter Defense. Both will receive an autographed copy of my novel “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse”.

Note to the prize winners: Please e-mail me your snail mail addresses!

Today we begin Round 20 of the writing contest, with the same great prizes. Round 20 ends on January 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that articles that relate practical “how to” skills for survival will have an advantage in the judging.

The first article today is a new retreat owner profile. I find that these profiles of real-life preppers are incredibly instructive. If nothing else, they inspire some great “what have I overlooked” analysis of our preparations. OBTW, we still have room for a lot more overseas profiles. They would be greatly appreciated!