Announcing SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Prize Winners for Round 89

We’ve completed the judging for Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The winning authors are:

First Prize:

First prize is awarded to Lisa for Adventures in Central Texas Gardening, which was posted on July 21, 2020 (Part 1), and on July 22, 2020 (Part 2). She will receive:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical 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,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

Second prize is awarded to Traveling Mechanic for Vehicle Preparation, which was posted on July 25, 2020 (Part 1) and July  26, 2020 (Part 2).  He will receive:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, that have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

Third prize is awarded to T.Y., for How to Teach Situational Awareness to Children which was posted in five parts from July 7th to 11th, 2020. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.) T.Y. will receive:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum-sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for the delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Note to the top three prize winners:  Please e-mail us your address information for both UPS and USPS. Thanks!

Honorable Mention:

$30 gift certificates will be e-mailed to each of these nine Honorable Mention prize-winners:

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.


  1. A friend and I were fortunate to buy some reloading equipment from someone who was getting out of it. Included was a single-stage Lyman press, a Pacific balance scale, .38 and .44 dies, a MEC shotshell reloader, case trimmer, powder trickler, reference books and all sorts of accessories, all for $120.00! Now you may not be so fortunate, but one can begin reloading with single stage equipment relatively inexpensively, and it’s fun! Now there are even kits that can be bought with everything you need in a box except for maybe the dies which are not that expensive. We knew nothing about reloading but with reference books and help from a friend who has reloaded for decades we are getting it done, we’ve reloaded everything from .38 special to .300 Win Mag. As the writer insists, great care must be taken to do this safely, follow the reference materials instructions as to powder type and measure and bullet weight among other things. Attention to detail is required. Chances are if you are reading SurvivalBlog you will know someone who reloads who can be a mentor. It sure beats sitting around watching TV.

  2. Congratulations to all the writers whose contributions were enjoyed within the SB community of readers! Your efforts and contributions are so much appreciated!

  3. Telesilla says it right. I’m grateful for the skill shares each of you has offered. The time you invested in giving us your hard earned knowledge is much appreciated by this old dog.

    Carry on in grace

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