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Writing Contest Prize Winners

We’ve completed the judging for Round 48 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest, which ended yesterday. [1]

First prize goes to Tennessean for his lengthy and detailed article Protection from Radioactive Fallout [2], posted on September 12, 2013.

He will receive: A.) Gunsite Academy [3] Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course [4]. (A $1,195 value.) B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical [5]. 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 [6], courtesy of Ready Made Resources [7]. (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize [8], for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator [9] from Safecastle.com [10] (a $300 value), F.) A $300 Gift Certificate from Freeze Dry Guy. [11] G.) Two BirkSun.com [12] photovoltaic backpacks (one Level, and one Atlas, both black), with a combined value of $275, H.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. [13] and I.) A roll of $10 face value in pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver quarters, courtesy of GoldAndSilverOnline.com [14]. 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 [15], posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013

He will receive: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand [16], B.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol [17] and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt [18], courtesy of Next Level Training. [19] 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 [20]. D.) $300 worth of ammo from Patriot Firearms and Munitions [21]. (They also offer a 10% discount for all SurvivalBlog readers with coupon code SVB10P.), E.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials [22] F.) A full set of all 22 of the books published by PrepperPress.com [23]. This is more than a $200 value, and G.) Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) [24], courtesy of CampingSurvival.com [25] (a $180 value).

Third prize goes to Sheri W. for Self Defense for Women [26], posted on September 19, 2013.

She will receive: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, [27] courtesy of Directive 21 [27]. (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 [28], with a combined value of $206, C.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy [29]. This is a $185 retail value, D.) A Commence Fire! [30] emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value.), E.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections [31], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security. [32], E.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 [33] from JRH Enterprises [34] (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. [35]

Water: PV-Powered Water Pumping and Storage, by A. Haggard H. Rider [36]

Rabbits for a Stable (and Staple) Protein Source, by S.F.D. in West Virginia [37]

Emergency Preparedness: 101, by Jennie From the Flats [38]

Considerations for Gardening at the Retreat Farm, by Tony K. [39]

A Family Bike Camping Experience Sheds Light on Bug Out Treks, by J.E. in St. Paul [40]

Coping with Obstructive Sleep Apnea When There is No Grid Power, by Chris X. [41]

Every Day Carry in Non-Permissive Work Environments, by D., Esq. [42]

A Year of Starvation: My Experience, by K.S. [43]

The Night I Became a Community Organizer, by Sergeant Dad [44]

Prioritized Prepping, by Z.T. [45]

Waterproofing and Long-Term Storage of Small Arms Ammunition, by Nebraska Farmer [46]

3D Printing: Is it in Your Future?, by Kevin L. [47]

Direction of Force: Working Safely Now and at TEOTWAWKI, by Arizona Slim [48]

Stuff Hitting the Fan: A Position Paper, by R.L [49]. (Posted in four parts)

Note to all prize winners: Please e-mail [50] 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.