We've completed the judging for Round 41 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest.
But first, I'd like to mention that starting with Round 42, we are adding a new prize to the First Prize package: a $200 gift certificate, kindly donated by Shelf Reliance. This certificate is good for the purchase of any of their products. (These include: top quality canned food rotation racks of their own manufacture, Thrive brand storage foods, pre-assembled bug out bags and first aid kits, water filters, tents, sleeping bags, various field gear, PV panels, flashlights, Esbit stoves, Aqua Mira, blast matches, sanitation gear, hatchets, backpacks, Gamma Seal lids, and much more.) Be sure to check out their web site. They are constantly adding new products and they are presently selling some slightly used demonstrator Cansolidator food rotation racks at closeout prices.
First Prize goes to Dr. Mountaintop, for The ABCs of Trauma, which was posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012. He will receive: A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, 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), and F.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo.
Second Prize goes to Tom Loomis DDS, for Field Dentistry Basics, which was posted on Friday, July 13, 2012. He will receive: A.) 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. B.) A FloJak FP-50 stainless steel hand well pump (a $600 value), courtesy of FloJak.com. C.) A "grab bag" of preparedness gear and books from Jim's Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $300, D.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials, and E.)Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value) and F.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value).
Third Prize goes to Jodier, for TEOTWAWKI Blacksmithing for Beginners, which was posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. 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.), and E.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.
11 Honorable Mention Prizes ($30 Amazon.com gift certificates) are being awarded for these fine articles:
Living With Photovoltaic Power, by D.P.
Prepare to Share, by Mrs. T.J.
Extending Battery Life, by D.P.
Food Forest Gardens, by Jason T
Some Myths About Seeds, by M.J.E.
Emergency Water Treatment On The Move, by Tom K.
Food Storage on a Budget, by N.T.M. in Nevada
New England Gardening, by George H.
Coturnix (Japanese) Quail: The Biggest Little Homestead Bird, by Bigdtc in Maryland
Prep for Free, by George H.
Marksmanship Basics and Beyond, by Evan W.
Note to the prize winners: I need UPS and USPS addresses for the top three prize winners, and current e-mail addresses for all of teh Honorable mention prizes. Please let know via e-mail.
Round 42 begins today, 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.