The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 2
This anthology collects the twelve winners of the 2013 Best American
Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest, run by the Mayborn Literary
Nonfiction Conference. The event is hosted by the Frank W. Mayborn
Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas. The
contest honors exemplary narrative work and encourages narrative
nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across the United States.
First place winner: Eli Saslow, “Into the Lonely Quiet” (Washington
Post), follows the family of a 7-year-old victim of the December 2012
mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, six
months after the shooting.
Second place: Eric Moskowitz, “Marathon Carjacking” (Boston Globe), is
the story of “Danny,” who was carjacked by the suspects of the Boston
Marathon bombing three days after the bombing.
Third place: Mark Johnson, “The Course of Their Lives” (Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel), an account of first-year medical students as they
take a human dissection course.
Runners-up include Christopher Goffard, “The Manhunt” (Los Angeles
Times); Stephanie McCrummen, “Wait—You Described It as a Cloudy
Feeling?” (Washington Post); Michael M. Phillips, “The Lobotomy Files”
(Wall Street Journal); Aaron Applegate, “Taken Under”
(Virginian-Pilot); Meg Kissinger, “A Mother, at Her Wits’ End”
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel); Michael Kruse, “The Last Voyage of the
Bounty” (Tampa Bay Times); Shaun McKinnon, “Alone on the Hill”
(Arizona Republic); Mike Newall, “Almost Justice” (Philadelphia
Inquirer); and Sarah Schweitzer, “Together, Despite All” (Boston