Short Story Contest Judges

Adult and Young Adult Story Judges
Mike Nagler

Mike Nagler has taught film and creative writing for many years at Cañada College. He is the co-editor of two short story anthologies, one about marriage, the other, desire. He is the president of the Burlingame Library Board and is also proud of the May publication of his wife's book on living the creative life.

Nancy Packer
Nancy Packer is professor emerita of English at Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program. Her short stories have appeared in such journals as Harper's Magazine, Yale Review and Sewanee Review and have been included in several "O. Henry Prize Stories" and "Best American Short Stories." Sixty of her stories have been collected and published in five volumes -- "Old Ladies" is her most recent collection.
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 Magazine and has been reviewed in The New Yorker. He has taught at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Foothill and Cañada community colleges. His website is
Teen Story Judges
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 young adult 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.

Marjorie Sayer

Marjorie Sayer writes books with a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Her middle grade novel, "The Girl Mechanic of Wanzhou," is a winner of the Scholastic Asia Book Award. Her nonfiction for adults has appeared in O'Reilly Media, and her recreational math books have been used in clubs throughout the country. She enjoys bicycle travel, her family and the friendship of her cats. She blogs about her interests at

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz writes fiction and nonfiction books for children and plays for both children and adults. Her newest picture book, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel," a Chanukah book with an art history spin, is a Junior Library Guild Selection. "Jeans! The Musical," co-created with Diane Claerbout and Enid Davis, celebrates those famous pants and the pioneers who invented them. Her website is


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