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, the University of California, Berkeley, and Foothill and Cañada community colleges. His 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" and the forthcoming "The Race for Paris," to be published Aug. 11. She was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize, and her novels have been translated into languages from German to Lithuanian and Chinese. She's also written essays and opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World and public radio. Her website is

Teen Story Judges
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 branch. 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 30 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 nonfiction books for children and plays for both children and adults. Her long-awaited picture book, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel," was published last fall, was a Junior Library Guild selection and was named among the best Jewish picture books of the year by Tablet Magazine. Wearing 40 pounds of Victorian clothing and a wig, Caryn occasionally appears at The Farm as Jane Lathrop Stanford. Her website is


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