Well, after much reading and deliberation, we have a winner!
Jason, Jarkko, and I sat down and read all the entries from the January blogging contest — "How has Rails made me a better programmer". There were a lot of great entries, and some very fun writing styles. We each rated all the posts, giving them a score of 0-3 (more points is better). Then we combined our scores and took the top five to deliberate over.
Chris has already chosen his prize:the contest page.
I'd really like to thank Jarkko and Jason for helping me judge this contest; Apress for providing the prizes; and, especially, everyone who participated in January and so far in February — this series of contests just wouldn't work without you.