Short Story Contest judges
Adult and Young Adult Story Judges
Nancy Etchemendy's fiction and poetry for children and adults appears
regularly in various magazines and anthologies, both in the U.S.
and abroad. Her work has earned a number of awards, including two
Bram Stoker Awards for children's horror, a Golden Duck Award for
excellence in children's science fiction, and an Anne Spencer Lindbergh
Prize silver medal for excellence in children's fantasy. Her fourth
novel, "The Power of Un," was published by Front Street/Cricket
Books in March 2000. "Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural,"
a collection of her short fiction for young adults, was published
this autumn, also by Front Street/ Cricket Books. She lives and
works in Northern California where her days are enlivened by an
excitable terrier, her husband, Stanford Provost John Etchemendy,
their son Max, and two Hondas with secret names.
Caryn Huberman Yacowitz lives and writes in Palo Alto. She is currently
completing a series of seven non-fiction books, each focused on
a different Native-American tribe. Her other works include the picture
books "Pumpkin Fiesta" and "The Jade Stone, A Chinese
Folktale." The Jade Stone has recently been published as a
musical children's play. Yacowitz's first book was "Onstage/Backstage,"
a photo-essay about the Palo Alto Children's Theater, co-authored
and illustrated with JoAnne Wetzel.
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 and an elementary school librarian for five years before
joining the Children's Library.
Ellen Sussman's novel, "On a Night Like This," will be
published by Warner Books in September 2003. She has published a
dozen short stories in literary and commercial magazines. Her first
novel, "The Affair," was published in Germany last year.
She teaches writing through the UC Berkeley Extension and in private
classes in Los Altos Hills.
Mike Nagler is the co-editor of the short story anthologies "Stolen
Moments" and "Wives and Husbands." He has taught
fiction-writing and film history at Canada College in Redwood City
for many years.
A well-known local writing teacher, Tom Parker is the author of
the best-selling "Anna, Ann, Annie" and the recent "Leadership
and 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.