Short Story Contest Judges

Adult and Young Adult Story Judges

Tom Parker
A well-known, local writing teacher, Tom Parker is an O. Henry Prize-winning short story writer and author of the best-selling novels, "Anna, Ann, Annie" and "Small Business." He has taught at Stanford, the University of California Berkeley, and Foothill and Canada community colleges.
Ellen Sussman
Ellen Sussman's novel "On a Night Like This" (Warner Books, 2004) became a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller and has been translated into six languages. She is the editor of the forthcoming book, "Bad Girls: 25 Writers Misbehave," which will be published by W.W. Norton in July 2007.
Mike Nagler
Mike Nagler is the co-editor of the short-story anthologies "Stolen Moments" and "Wives and Husbands." He has taught fiction writing and film history at Canada College in Redwood City for nine years.
Nancy Etchemendy
Nancy Etchemendy's novels, short fiction, and poetry have appeared regularly for the past 25 years, both in the United States and abroad. Her work has earned a number of awards, including three Bram Stoker Awards (two for children's horror), a Golden Duck Award for excellence in children's science fiction, and an Anne Spencer Lindbergh silver medal for excellence in children's fantasy. Her fourth novel, "The Power of Un," was published by Front Street/Cricket Books in March 2000. "Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural," her collection of short, dark fantasy for young adults, was published in 2002, also by Front Street/Cricket Books and appears on the A.L.A. Best Books for Young Adults list for 2002. She lives and works in Northern California, where she leads a somewhat schizophrenic life, alternating between unkempt, introverted writer of weird tales and requisite gracious wife of Stanford University's Provost.
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz has written a dozen books for young people, including her award-winning picture books "Pumpkin Fiesta" and "The Jade Stone, A Chinese Folktale." Her other titles include a non-fiction series about Native American tribes. "JEANS!," a musical play about Levi Strauss, will be produced in the Bay Area in March, 2007. Co-written with playwright Diane Claerbout and lyricist Enid Davis, the play received fine reviews in Vermont. Caryn also teaches writing to adults and children. The Awesome Authors is a talented group of Addison School third-graders she mentors. For writing/publishing tips, visit
Katy Obringer
Katy Obringer spent 22 years with the Palo Alto library system, which included serving as the supervisor of Palo Alto's Children's Library. Obringer also worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and an elementary and school librarian for five years. Her love of introducing children to books continues in her retirement.