Short Story Contest judges

Adult and Young Adult Story Judges

Ellen Sussman
Ellen Sussman has published more than a dozen short stories in commercial and literary magazines. For several years, she has taught creative writing through UC Berkeley's extension program as well as in private classes. Her first novel, "The Affair," was published this year.

Kim Silveira Wolterbeek
Kim Silveira Wolterbeek is co-director of the Foothill College Writer's Conference, a group of about 30 writers who gather each June for workshops. She is also the author of "The Glass Museum," a collection of short stories published this year, two of which have been broadcast on National Public Radio.

Tom Parker
A well-known local writing teacher, Tom Parker is the author of the best-selling "Anna, Ann, Annie" and the recent "Leadership and the Customer Revolution," a management book written with Gary Heil and Rick Tate. He has taught at Stanford, the University of California extension and Foothill and Canada colleges.

Children and Teen Story Judges

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz is the author of three books for children. Her most recent, "Pumpkin Fiesta," was published last year by HarperCollins. A Palo Alto resident, she works at the Stanford Blood Center and has two grown children.

Katy Obringer
Katy Obringer supervises the Children's Library, the College Terrace branch library and children's services throughout the Palo Alto library system. Obringer also worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and an elementary and school librarian for five years before joining the Children's Library.

Nancy Etchemendy
Nancy Etchemendy's fiction and poetry for children and adults appears regularly in various magazines and anthologies, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her fourth novel, "The Power of Un," was published by Front Street/ Cricket books in March 2000. Her work has earned a number of awards, including two Bram Stoker Awards for children's horror, and a Golden Duck Award for excellence in children's science fiction. She lives and works in Northern California where her days are enlivened by an excitable terrier, a cat given to scientific experimentation, her husband, Stanford Provost John Etchemendy, their son Max, and two Hondas with secret names. For further details, surf to

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