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This anthology collects the ten winners of the 2020 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest at UNT’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. First place winner: Christopher Goffard, “Detective Trapp” (Los Angeles Times) is about a complicated murder investigation and its human impact. Second place: Annie Gowen, “Left Behind: American Farm Families in Crisis during Trump's Trade War” (The Washington Post) tells about a despairing farmer’s suicide and aftermath. Third place: Jennifer Berry Hawes and Stephen Hobbs, “It’s Time for You to Die” (Post & Courier) presents a gut-wrenching drama of America’s deadliest episode of prison violence. Runners-up include Peter Jamison, “The Confession” (The Washington Post); Mark Johnson, “House Calls and Rarest of Diseases” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel); Nestor Ramos, “At the Edge of a Warming World” (Boston Globe); Noelle Crombie, Kale Williams, and Beth Nakamura, “No Mercy” (The Oregonian); Tara Duggan and Jason Fagone, “The Fisherman’s Tale” (San Francisco Chronicle); Jenna Russell, “Brilliant, Faithful, Undaunted” (Boston Globe); and Charles Scudder, “Guardians: When Evil Came Through the Door” (Dallas Morning News).

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Gayle Reaves
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Detective Trapp: A Cop's Quest for the Mothers Who Lost Their Daughters: Los Angeles Times - November 24, 2019
  2. Christopher Goffard
  3. pp. 11-74
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  1. The Trade War's Casualties: The Washington Post - August 12, 2019
  2. Annie Gowen
  3. pp. 75-104
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  1. It's Time for You to Die: How Flaws in the SC Prison System Led to 7 Deaths in a Single Night: The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) - December 6, 2019
  2. Jennifer Berry Hawes and Stephen Hobbs
  3. pp. 105-136
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  1. The Confession: The Washington Post - December 8, 2019
  2. Peter Jamison
  3. pp. 137-158
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  1. House Calls and Rarest of Diseases: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - October 10, 2019
  2. Mark Johnson
  3. pp. 159-186
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  1. At the Edge of a Warming World: The Boston Globe - September 26, 2019
  2. Nestor Ramos
  3. pp. 187-226
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  1. No Mercy: The Oregonian - October 8, 2019
  2. Noelle Crombie with Kale Williams and Beth Nakamura
  3. pp. 227-260
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  1. The Fisherman's Secret: A Modern-day Treasure Hunt: San Francisco Chronicle - November 3, 2019
  2. Tara Duggan and Jason Fagone
  3. pp. 261-318
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  1. Brilliant, Faithful, Undaunted: The Boston Globe - October 27, 2019
  2. Jenna Russell
  3. pp. 319-332
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  1. Guardians: The Dallas Morning News - December 3-4, 2019
  2. Charles Scudder
  3. pp. 333-356
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