Short Story Contest Judges

Adult and Young Adult Story Judges
Mike Nagler

Mike Nagler has taught film and fiction writing at Canada College for more than 30 years. He sits on the Burlingame Library Board and is the co-editor of two short story anthologies about marriage and desire.

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, Yale Review, and Sewanee Review and have been included in several O. Henry Prize Stories Awards and Best American Short Stories. Sixty of her stories have been collected and published in five volumes — "Old Ladies" is her most recent collection.
Nick Taylor
Nick Taylor is the author of "The Disagreement" and "Father JunÌpero's Confessor". Under the pseudonym T.T. Monday, he also writes a series of thrillers about the relief pitcher detective Johnny Adcock. The latest book in that series, "Double Switch", was published by Doubleday in 2016. Taylor is Associate Professor of English at San Jose State University, where he directs the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.
Teen Story Judges
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
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
Debbie Duncan
Debbie Duncan has been reviewing children's books for the Weekly since 1997. She is the author of the Benjamin Franklin Award-winning picture book "When Molly Was in the Hospital," as well as a book for parents, "Joy of Reading." She also contributes to the Perspectives series of commentaries on KQED radio. When she isn't reading books to find the best to share with Weekly readers, she's writing her own middle-grade novel or hanging out on Twitter @debbieduncan.

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