The 10 Most Popular Narratively Stories of 2018

From true crime tales to moving memoirs, these are the Narratively stories that most captured our readers' hearts and eyes this past year.

The 10 Most Popular Narratively Stories of 2018

1. The Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own”

Story by Frankie de la Cretaz

Photo courtesy State Archives of Florida

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League did everything it could to keep lesbians off the diamond. Seventy-five years later, its gay stars are finally opening up.

2. Secret Life of an Autistic Stripper

Story by Reese Piper

Illustration by Anke Gladnick

I’ve always had trouble reading social cues, but in the strip club, where rules and roles are crystal clear, I finally learned to connect.

3. How Running Ruined My Relationship, Killed My Faith…and Saved My Life

Story by Allison Stockman

Illustration by Ran Zheng

My high school boyfriend and I made a bet: he’d learn about my religion, Mormonism, if I took up his religion, running. Neither of us was ready for what came next.

4. The Great Unsolved Mystery of Missing Marjorie West

Story by Caren Lissner

Photo courtesy McKean County Cold Cases

Eighty years ago, a four-year-old girl vanished into the Pennsylvania woods. The search captivated people across the nation — and some have never stopped looking.

5. My Daughter Is Trapped Under Five Feet of Snow

Story by Bjørn Asle Nord

In the remote mountains of Norway, a father claws himself out after an avalanche….then starts frantically searching for his daughter.

6. How It Feels to Be the Biggest Woman at a Clothing Swap

Story by Elana Rabinowitz

Illustration by Jasjyot Singh Hans

Turns out, it feels great.

7. The “Gay for Pay” Porn Star Who Hatched a Million-Dollar Blackmail Scheme

Story by Matt Reynolds

Illustration by Yunuen Bonaparte

Teo Brank found a lucrative side hustle arranging escorts for sex parties. But when his business soured, he turned to extortion.

8. This Black Woman Was Once the Biggest Star in Jazz. Here’s Why You’ve Never Heard of Her.

Story by Lorissa Rinehart

Photos courtesy University of Michigan Press

Hazel Scott was a piano prodigy who wowed the worlds of music, TV and film. But when she stood up for her rights, the establishment took her down.

9. My Life as a Public Health Crisis

Story by Harmony Cox

Illustration by Sophie Page

As a fat woman working in food justice, I see firsthand how even those trying to help continue to spread dangerous stereotypes about obesity and poverty.

10. They Fought and Died for America. Then America Turned Its Back.

Story by Allison Griner 

Photo courtesy the U.S. Army

A quarter million Filipinos served for the U.S. in WWII, only to have their rights stripped at war’s end. Now, the last survivors are fighting for what’s rightfully theirs.

Check out our editors’ picks of the finest Narratively stories this past year as well.