Writing Contest Prize Winners

We’ve completed the judging for Round 48 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest, which ended yesterday.

First prize goes to Tennessean for his lengthy and detailed article Protection from Radioactive Fallout, posted on September 12, 2013.

He 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.) A $300 Gift Certificate from Freeze Dry Guy. G.) Two BirkSun.com photovoltaic backpacks (one Level, and one Atlas, both black), with a combined value of $275, H.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and I.) 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 Anon, M.D. for The Constipated Hordes at TEOTWAWKI: A Pharmacologic Strategy, posted on Thursday, August 8, 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 F.) A full set of all 22 of the books published by PrepperPress.com. This is more than a $200 value, and G.) Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).

Third prize goes to Sheri W. for Self Defense for Women, posted on September 19, 2013.

She 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.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security., E.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value).

Honorable Mention prizes ($30 Amazon.com gift cards) are being awarded for these 15 fine articles:

Selecting a Retreat, by M.D.L.

Water: PV-Powered Water Pumping and Storage, by A. Haggard H. Rider

Rabbits for a Stable (and Staple) Protein Source, by S.F.D. in West Virginia

Emergency Preparedness: 101, by Jennie From the Flats

Considerations for Gardening at the Retreat Farm, by Tony K.

A Family Bike Camping Experience Sheds Light on Bug Out Treks, by J.E. in St. Paul

Coping with Obstructive Sleep Apnea When There is No Grid Power, by Chris X.

Every Day Carry in Non-Permissive Work Environments, by D., Esq.

A Year of Starvation: My Experience, by K.S.

The Night I Became a Community Organizer, by Sergeant Dad

Prioritized Prepping, by Z.T.

Waterproofing and Long-Term Storage of Small Arms Ammunition, by Nebraska Farmer

3D Printing: Is it in Your Future?, by Kevin L.

Direction of Force: Working Safely Now and at TEOTWAWKI, by Arizona Slim

Stuff Hitting the Fan: A Position Paper, by R.L. (Posted in four parts)

Note to all prize winners: Please e-mail us. We need to confirm the current e-mail addresses for all of the Honorable Mention prize winners. We also need the USPS and UPS addresses for the top three prize winners. Thanks.