|Short Story Contest
Short Story Contest judges
Adult Story Judges
A well-known local writing teacher, Tom Parker is the author of the best-selling novel "Anna, Ann, Annie" and, most recently, of "Leadership and the Customer Revolution," a management book written with Gary Heil and Rick Tate. He has taught at Stanford, the University of California extension and Foothill and Canada colleges.
Ellen Sussman's first novel, "The Affair," will be published next year. She has published more than a dozen short stories in commercial as well as literary magazines. For several years, she has taught creative writing through UC Berkeley's extension program as well as in private classes.
Kim Silveira Wolterbeek
Kim Wolterbeek is co-director of the Foothill College Writer's Conference, a group of about 30 writers who gather each June for workshops. She is also the author of "The Glass Museum," a collection of short stories published this year, two of which have been broadcast on National Public Radio.
Children Story Judges
Katy Obringer supervises the Children's Library, the College Terrace branch library and children's services throughout the Palo Alto library system. Obringer also worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years before joining the Children's Library.
Cynthia Chin-Lee is the author of three children's books, the most recent of which is "A is for the Americas," published by Orchard Books. A Palo Alto resident and mother, she also works as a technical writer for Oracle Corp.
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz is the author of three books for children. Her most recent, "Pumpkin Fiesta," was published last year by HarperCollins. A Palo Alto resident, she works at the Stanford Blood Center and has two grown children.
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