Short Story Contest Judges

Adult and Young Adult Story Judges
Tom Parker
A well-known, local fiction-writing teacher and coach, memoirist, co-author and developmental editor, Tom Parker is an O. Henry Prize-winning short-story writer and author of the novels, "Anna, Ann, Annie" and "Small Business." His work has appeared in Harper's and has been reviewed in The New Yorker. He has taught at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Foothill and Canada community colleges. His website is
Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the nationally bestselling author of three novels, "The Paradise Guest House," "French Lessons," and "On a Night Like This." Her new novel, "A Wedding in Provence," will be published on July 1, 2014. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes. Her website is

Meg Waite Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five novels, including "The Wednesday Sisters," "The Wednesday Daughters," and the forthcoming "The Race for Paris." She was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize, and her novels have been translated into languages ranging from German to Lithuanian to Chinese. She's also written essays and opinion pieces for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World and public radio. Her website is

Tween and Teen Story Judges
Katy Obringer

Katy Obringer spent 22 years with the City of Palo Alto library system, which included serving as the supervisor of the Children's Library. Obringer also worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and an elementary school librarian for five years. Her love of introducing children to books continues in her retirement.

Nancy Etchemendy

Nandy 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 three Bram Stoker Awards (two for children's horror), a Golden Duck Award for excellence in children's science fiction, and most recently, an International Horror Guild Award for her YA horror story, "Honey in the Wound." She lives and works in Menlo Park, where she leads an interesting life, alternating between introverted writer of weird tales and gracious (she hopes) wife of Stanford University's Provost.

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz writes fiction and non-fiction books for children as well as plays for both children and adults. Her long-awaited picture book, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel," will be published in September. Wearing forty pounds of Victorian clothing and a wig, Caryn occasionally appears at The Farm as Jane Lathrop Stanford. Her website is


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