The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 5
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: Terrence McCoy, “It Was an Accident, Baby” (The
Washington Post), relates how a family in Alabama coped after the
family’s four-year-old accidentally killed his nine-year-old sister.
Second place: Hannah Dreier, “A Child’s Scraped Knee” (Associated
Press), which depicts how medical supply shortages in Venezuela turned
a simple injury into a life-threatening condition for a three-year-old.
Third place: Billy Baker, “The Power of Will” (The Boston Globe),
focuses on a family’s search for a cure for their son’s rare form of
cancer, which led them to a maverick doctor.
Runners-up include John Woodrow Cox, “A Marine’s Conviction” (The
Washington Post); Christopher Goffard, “Framed” (The Los Angeles
Times); Steve Thompson, “The Long Way Home” (The Dallas
Morning-News); N. R. Kleinfield, “Fraying at the Edges” (The New York
Times); Anna Kuchment and Steve Thompson, “Seismic Denial” (The Dallas
Morning-News); Lauren Caruba, “55 Minutes” (The Houston Chronicle);
and Lisa Wangsness, “In Search of Sanctuary” (The Boston Globe).