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 CaƱada community colleges. His website is

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 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.
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.
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
Nancy Etchemendy
Nancy Etchemendy's novels, short fiction, and poetry have appeared regularly for the past 40 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has earned a number of awards, including three Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award. "Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural," her collection of short dark fantasy, was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives and works in Palo Alto, where she leads a somewhat schizophrenic life, alternating between unkempt, introverted writer and gracious (she prays) wife of a Stanford professor.

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