The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 4
This anthology collects the ten winners of the 2016 Best American
Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction
Conference, an event hosted by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute
of Journalism at the University of North Texas.
First place winner: Stephanie McCrummen, “An American Void” (The
Washington Post), focused on the friends of the alleged murderer of
nine members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in
Charleston, North Carolina.
Second place: Christopher Goffard, “Fleeing Syria: The Choice” (Los
Angeles Times), is about a former dressmaker from Syria gaining asylum
in Sweden for her family, but her husband and children were still in
Third place: Sarah Schweitzer, “The Life and Times of Strider Wolf”
(Boston Globe), documented the difficult life of a six-year-old boy
and his brother, who were rescued from near-fatal abuse and sent to live
with their grandparents in campgrounds in Maine.
Runners-up include Cynthia Hubert, “Genny’s World” (Sacramento Bee);
Michael M. Phillips, “Inside an FBI Hostage Crisis” (The Wall Street
Journal); Mark Johnson, “Patient, Surgeon Work Together” (Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel); Howard Reich, “Norman Malone’s Quest” (Chicago
Tribune); John Woodrow Cox, “Telling JJ” (The Washington Post); Maria
Cramer, “The Boy Who Burned Inside” (Boston Globe); and Gina Barton,
“Unsolved: A Murdered Teen, a 40-year Mystery” (Milwaukee Journal