Two Washington Post staff writers have won awards in the 2014 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest sponsored by the University of North Texas’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.
Eli Saslow was awarded first place for his story “Into the Lonely Quiet,” about the parents of one of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is the second year in a row that Saslow has been awarded first place in the contest.
Stephanie McCrummen was named a runner-up for “A Cloudy Feeling,” her story about the relationship between a mother and her mentally ill son.
Co-sponsored by the Dallas Morning News, the Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest is intended to encourage narrative nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across the United States. Long-form narratives published during 2013 were eligible for the 2014 competition.