And the winners are…

Here are the winners of our latest nonfiction writing contest… congratulations to each of you, and a big thank you to everyone that took the time to share your knowledge and skills here. You are all winners in my book.

First place : Attempting to Implement a Real Bug Out Scenario by Mama J – she will receive Two cases of MRE’s courtesy of Camping Survival, A Wonder Junior Deluxe hand-mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads, $150 gift certificate for Fiocchi Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner Ammo, A Big Berkey Water Filter System courtesy of TruPrep Emergency Preparedness and a one year subscription to Personal VPN service courtesy of unspyable.

Second place : Honey Beekeeping by Petticoat Prepper – will receive a $200 gift certificate for any order from their store courtesy of Shepherd Survival and A Doom and Bloom Mini Trauma Bag courtesy of LPC Survival.

Third Place : Taking care of those you love in an emergency by Denise H – She will receive a Bar-ricade door bar courtesy of My Locksmith, Inc.

Note to those listed above : please send me your shipping details so I can have the sponsors get the products to you asap…

Thank you and again congratulations…

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. Mystery Guest says:

    Congratulations all of you.

  2. Petticoat Prepper says:

    Thank you MD and Pack! I’m so honored as there were so many great articles.

  3. Congrats to the winners!

  4. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Congrats to the winners. There really should have been at least 10 places this time. And the real winners ARE:
    because we learned so much. Thank you so much to all the contributors for sharing. Now work on more!

  5. I would like to thank the Academy.
    Seriously, The Survivalist Creekmore Academy for this fantastic award! Sharing our stories and knowledge is a gift within itself and now to be honored with an award is amazing. Some folks might think the tears that are gathering in my eyes are silly, but I so loving you all right now. GROUP HUG!

    Petticoat Prepper wrote a fantastic series on Bee Keeping and I thank her for all her hard work. I know how much time you devoted to your articles.They will forever have a home in many survival notebooks and guide people through their apiary journeys.
    Many blessings to you and your girls. A healthy bee population is critical to our existence and being a steward of that miracle is a gift to us all.

    Denise H. has taken family healthcare to whole new level. Her study and acute care of treating family members with moderate to severe wounds and conditions at home (and hotel rooms) is amazing. We would all be grateful to have someone like Denise in our lives when SHTF. She is a brave woman with a healers heart.

    MD, Thank you for creating and maintaining this blog. I can only try to imagine the work you put into it and your own writings every year. I Thank You for your steady presence. I Thank You for being able to devote so much of your time to holding this phenomenal group of people together that have so much to share. You. Are. Appreciated. When the Zombies come, you are going to rawk the house!

    Thank you to everyone who spends time here. Thanks for your encouragement. Thanks for your wonderful comments about my story. Thanks for not allowing the Trolls overtake the Castle.

  6. Hello all pack members! I was wondering around the site and thought of a neat idea I plan to implement as a SHTF prep on the cheap and sly. Decided I should share it as it is the first I have heard of it, and will be doing a full on test this week, taking notes etc, but didn’t see anywhere I could submit it as an entry for the next writing contest. MD – I have to admit I feel bad everytime I get an email packet from your GREAT site, I have not as of yet donated. I looked at the number of regular subscribers, and realized that if we ALL donated just ten cents a month you’d have a healthy income to not only run this site etc. but to prmote bigger and better things for us all! I will be donating more than a dime right after this note (though it may not be much more as I too am a prepper on a shoestring). Hope this note motivates a few others into just a dollar a month or every other month for what I have found to be an INVALUABLE resource for serious preppers and survivalist alike. Thank you MD, from me and my family. God bless and keep you and your little dog too! LOL

  7. Congratulations to the winners–well deserved. I am so grateful that I am a part of a community where people still want to help out one another.

  8. Thanks to all of you who took the time to write articles. Congratulations to the winners.

  9. HomeINsteader says:

    Congrats to all!

  10. HomeINsteader says:

    Stop a heart-attack in its track with….are you ready? CAYENNE PEPPER!

  11. WOW!! That had to be a hard decision, glad I wasn’t the judge. Great work all!

  12. Congrats to the lucky 3

  13. Congratulations! These were all excellent articles. Awesome prizes too!!

  14. MamaJ…. I don’t know how I missed your article the first time around. I just finished reading it. Was laughing hard at times… and other times… I was like… been there… done that.

    You think a camper trailer is scary… try going down grade in a loaded Semi. I was on the CB telling everyone to get the hell out the way… Im coming thru whether you like it or not. Talk about having your rear end suck the seat up to your nostrils. Was even worse knowing that at the bottom of this grade I had two choices. Left or Right. 0_0 Thankfully my truck had a Jake Brake and I was doing my best to use the motor to pull me down. Was able to drop a couple of gears and when the red light came into view.. It was all over but the praying. I popped the emergency brake on the trailer (spring loaded brakes) and hopped for the best…. and that I didn’t blow out all the tires on the trailer. I got it stopped just before the red light. Talk about a nervous wreck. Turns out a air fitting had broken off the air tank on the trailer so everytime I pressed the brakes the air went right out the broken fitting (path of least resistance). After that I swore I’d never drive another truck without a jake brake cause it saved my life… and I never did. If the company didn’t have jakes on the truck… I didn’t dirve for the company.

    As to your dirtbike story… I can just see you racing up to the roadblock full throtle…. sliding it sideways right before the trooper and when the dust settles there you are with a report card shoved in his face. LMAO

    • Encourager says:

      Had one of those scary down-the-hill-with-no-brakes stories myself. At least we weren’t in a semi! We were in Nova Scotia where they do not believe in guard rails. On the way up and up, you could see burnt out vehicle hulks w-a-y down the slope. We were looking for a lighthouse…seriously. As the road became a two track we met up with a man in a huge Cadillac coming the other way. He found a spot to pull over and got out. Asked if we were looking for the lighthouse. Said yes, he said, there ain’t no lighthouse.

      We found a spot to turn around…oh, did I mention we were pulling a fold-out camper?? Had to unhitch it, turn the car around, hitch it back up. Well, to make a white-knuckled, piddle your pants story short…we were coming up on the last right angle turn…going about 50 mph…when the sign said ’20 mph’ (actually was in kilometers). Ummm. dh, the sign says 20…’yep, I see it. There are no brakes…I hope you’re prayin’…’ We made it around the corner but had to replace the brake pads when we got home.

      We still call getting lost on vacation “looking for that dang lighthouse!”

    • SW,
      I had heart palpatations reading your story! Holy Smokes. I would have crapped myself for sure. No one really understands how scary it is losing control of a vehicle on a steep grade until it happens to them.
      The dirt bike part wasn’t all that badass. I think I came to a quick stop and almost fell over.
      It would have been super cool to have done a stop wheely like my kid can do. I promise to do something wicked cool next time.
      LOL. I did come to a screaming stop at one point and got a wicked boob bruise. But, now I can ride that bike like a boss.

      The best part is the when son #2 told son #3 (who was in Europe) that I rode his bike to the rescue, his only response was “Is my bike ok?” WTHeck dude!
      Why not “Is she OK?”. Brats.

  15. Congratulations to the winners!

  16. Encourager says:

    Yea!!! Congrats to the three winners!! Great articles, all.

    I love this site! I learn so much from all of you!!

    Group hug, for sure!

  17. CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for helping us all learn more!

  18. Hunker-Down says:

    Thanks everyone for your articles. This blog is the best school there is!

  19. Millie in KY says:

    Congrautulations to all of the winners. I hope to write something now that I have some down time. 4 possible jobs on the horizon. I also want to get started on one of the four novels in my head, will keep you all apprised of that.

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