We've completed the judging for Round 43 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest!
First Prize goes to D.A., DVM for: A Veterinarian's Perspective on Prepper Medicine, which was posted on November 6, 2012.
He will receive: A.) 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. and G.) A $200 gift certificate, donated by Shelf Reliance.
Second Prize goes to Eli in The Southwest for: Constructing and Finding Hiding Places, which was posted on November 29, 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, 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 Sarah in California for: Sourdough Bread Baking, which was posted on November 30, 2012.
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.), and E.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.
Another 11 writers will each receive a $30 Amazon.com gift certificate (via e-mail), for these fine Honorable Mention articles:
The Family Cow, by Faith S.
Building a Super Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System, by Pretty in a Blue State
Family Continuity Planning, by John from Virginia
The Core Kit: First Aid and Beyond, by Jason J.
Quiet Rimfire Shooting Without a Suppressor, by M.B.
The Aesthetic Pantry: Trading Ornamentals for Edibles, by Matthew C.
Wilderness Survival in a Northern Climate, by F.D.
Starting From Nothing: Preparing Quickly, Efficiently and Cost-Consciously, by C.M.F.
From the Kitchen to the Garden, by G.T.
Dutch Oven Cooking, by Louie in Ohio
RVs and Camping Trailers Provide Multiple Backups on a Budget, by Judy C.
Note to Top Three prize winners: Please e-mail us your UPS and US Mail address as well as your current e-mail address.
Note to Honorable Mention prize winners: Please e-mail us your current e-mail address.
Round 44 starts today and ends on January 31st, 2013, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. There are more than $5,600 in prizes. 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. The first few entries posted in Round 44 will be the overflow from Round 43. (We were deluged with entries in the last 10 days!)
Here is the first entry for Round 44: