We’ve completed the judging for Round 90 of the bi-monthly SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. It was difficult to judge this particular round because there were so many great articles. So many, in fact, that I wish that we had five available “top three” prize spots. I’ve sufficed by awarding an unprecedented 13 Honorable Mention prizes.
The Prize Winners fro Round 90 are:
- 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.
- 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),
- 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,
- 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),
- Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Resources (a $350 value),
- A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
- American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training course
Second Prize is awarded to R., for his article Self-Defense: You Never Know When. It was published on September 23, 2020. He will receive the following prizes:
- 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.
- 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,
- A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
- Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
- An assortment of products along with a one-hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).
Third Prize is awarded to J.M. for the lengthy article Tactical Technology for TEOTWAWKI which was published in six parts on August 4-9, 2020. Links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6. He will receive the following prizes:
- 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)
- A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
- 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.
- Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
- 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!
Honorable Mention Prizes:
The following 13 articles were awarded Honorable Mention prizes. They will each receive $30 Amazon gift cards:
- The Secret Salad Garden (in three parts) by D.G.
- Versatile Photovoltaic Power (in two parts), by Tractorguy
- A Physician’s Perspective on COVID-19 (in two parts), by Doctor Dan, M.D.
- Maximizing the Homestead Apple Orchard, by Eric K.
- Fighting .22 Rimfires, by Steve in Missouri
- Going Old School, by 3AD Scout
- The Reality of Aging and Prepping (in two parts) by Muscadine Hunter
- Composting Your Black Gold (in two parts), by Hobbit Farmer
- Relocating to The Yaak, by L.S.
- A Primer on UVC Light (in two parts), by Dr. David J.
- How to Safely Pressure Can Meat, by Sandi H.
- Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) Bag Guns, by Joe H.
- Intelligence Gathering at Protests, by J.D.
Round 91 ends on November 30th, 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.