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:
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.