Arizona Highways, “The Sound of Fallen Trees” by Craig Childs

If field guides took mushrooms, they might read like this.


Avenue Calgary, “How to Talk About Death and Dying” by Christina Frangou

The writer packs a lot of information and good intention into this, and the piece is, if anything, even for more touching for the effort.


Adirondack Life, “Valentino and Me” by Niki Kourofsky

An intriguing vignette, skillfully presented.

Award of Merit

Arkansas Life, “Learning Arkansas” by Jennifer Case

With her frogs, worms and robins, the writer skillfully equates a three-year-old’s discovery of the world with her own discovery of a new and foreign world.

Additional Entries

Arizona Highways, “Wild” by Kelly Vaughn

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, “Outward Bound: Inward Salvation” by Jose Sosa

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, “Peapod Adventuring” by Ben Emory

Saltscapes, “Should we still be saying “come-from-away”?” by Jim Gourlay

Yukon, North of Ordinary, “Fishing Tale of the Big Brown Visitor” by Dawn Kostelnik and Eleanor Rosenberg