We’ve completed the judging for Round 47 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. 
But first, I’d like to announce that two new prizes have been added to the prize package for Round 48, et sequitur. These are:
A $300 Gift Certificate from Freeze Dry Guy . This addition brings the value of just the First Prize package to $3,990!
A full set of all 22 of the books published by PrepperPress.com . This is more than a $200 value. This addition brings the value of just the Second Prize package to $3,020!
Many thanks to these companies for their generosity. They deserve your patronage. When you contact them, please mention that you saw the link on SurvivalBlog. Thanks!
The prize winners for Round 47 are…
First Prize goes to Sophie for Prepping the Texas Cowboy Way , posted on July 12, 2013.
She will receive: A.) Gunsite Academy  Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course . (A $1,195 value.) B.) 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, and C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans , courtesy of Ready Made Resources . (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize , for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator  from Safecastle.com  (a $300 value), F.) Two BirkSun.com  photovoltaic backpacks (one Level, and one Atlas, both black), with a combined value of $275, G.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo.  and H.) A roll of $10 face value in pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver quarters, courtesy of GoldAndSilverOnline.com . The current value of this roll is at least $225.
Second Prize goes to Seth T. for Learning 52 Skills: Applying a Purchasing Plan Approach to Learning New Skills , posted on July 26, 2013.
He will receive: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand , B.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol  and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt , courtesy of Next Level Training.  Together, these have a retail value of $589. C.) A FloJak FP-50 stainless steel hand well pump (a $600 value), courtesy of FloJak.com . D.) $300 worth of ammo from Patriot Firearms and Munitions . (They also offer a 10% discount for all SurvivalBlog readers with coupon code SVB10P.), E.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials  and F.) Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) , courtesy of CampingSurvival.com  (a $180 value).
Third Prize goes to L.D. for The K-9 Question , posted on June 30, 2013
He will receive: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter,  courtesy of Directive 21 . (This filter system is a $275 value.), B.) 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, C.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy . This is a $185 retail value, D.) A Commence Fire!  emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value. E.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3  from JRH Enterprises  (a $200 value), and F.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections , a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security. 
Honorable Mention Awards ($30 Amazon gift cards) go to the writers of these 15 fine articles:
- Seventeen and Prepping , by Michael on the East Coast
- Ammunition Caching: A 20 Year Real-World Experimen t, by Cache and Carry
- 850 Miles in 27 Weeks: Experience With Long Distance Walking , by Erik M.
- Medical Notes from Nicaraguan Villages , by COEMT
- Developing a Scavenger Mindset , by Barry B.
- Free Food: How I Found it and What I’ve Done With it , by Ristin B.
- Surviving the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado , by J.B.
- Surviving the Aftermath, Hurricane Katrina Style , by Frank G.
- If Life Gives You Tomatoes, Make Salsa! , by S.M. in Arizona
- What a Flash Flood Can Do To Your Preps , by Skylar
- Deep Winter Prepping , by Ronald in Alberta
- Heating with Wood 101 , by J.J.S.
- Dehydration and Rehydration Solutions , by M.A. in Washington State
- Low-Budget Photovotaically Charged Drill Batteries , by C.K.
Note to all prize winners: Please e-mail  us to confirm your current e-mail addresses. And the top three prize winners will also need to send us their UPS and USPS addresses. Thanks!
Today we begin Round 48 of the contest. This round will end on September 30th so get busy writing and e-mail  us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging. – J.W.R.