The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 6
This anthology collects the eleven winners of the 2018 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: Kale Williams, “The Loneliest Polar Bear” (The
Oregonian), relates the tale of Nora, a baby polar bear raised by
humans in a zoo after being abandoned by her mother.
Second place: Patricia Callahan, “Doomed by Delay” (Chicago Tribune),
reveals the experiences of Illinois families with children diagnosed
with Krabbe—a deadly disease that healthcare professionals could have
screened for at birth, and ultimately treated, if it weren’t for
Third place: Christopher Goffard, “Dirty John” (Los Angeles Times), is
an investigative story that explores the dynamics of domestic violence
with a nuanced, psychologically complex narrative of family and
Runners-up include John Woodrow Cox, “Twelve Seconds of Gunfire” (The
Washington Post); Tom Hallman Jr., “His Heart, Her Hands” (The
Oregonian); Jenna Russell, “The Last Refugee” (The Boston Globe);
Lisa Gartner and Zachary T. Sampson, “Wrong Way” (Tampa Bay Times);
Casey Parks, “About a Boy” (The Oregonian); Jennifer Emily, “Hope for
the Rest of Us” (The Dallas Morning News); Kent Babb, “There’s Nowhere
to Run” (The Washington Post); and Lane DeGregory, “The House on the
Corner” (Tampa Bay Times).