Literary Arts

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Boris Koodrin/ Director
Bardi Rosman Koodrin/ Literary Director
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Carry the Light of Creativity Informational Flyer (PDF)
Find Us During the Fair In the Fine Arts Galleria. Location #4 on the Grounds Map

video bardi2014 Video: Find out what Carry the Light means to its creators Boris and Bardi Koodrin. A Darlene Frank Interview.

2014 MP3: Arts in the Valley's Kim McMillon chats with Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Literary Director

2014 Literary Fair Activities & Information

2015 Fair Information

Make sure you check out all of our brand new contests: blogs; podcasts and audiobooks; two new novel chapter contests; and even songwriting! Every entrant will have at least one submission printed in our annual Carry the Light anthology published by Sand Hill Review Press


The deadline for all Literary contests is April 1st, No Fooling!

NEW THIS YEAR! ADDED BONUS: Enter our FREE lotteries to win a professional critique of your memoir, essay and short story submissions!

Enter our optional free lotteries sponsored by writing and editing consultants Darlene Frank, Lisa Meltzer Penn, and Audrey Kalman.

These three professional editors and book coaches will provide editorial feedback on submissions that will be drawn at random. As members of the San Francisco Peninsula Writers, a branch of the CWC California Writers Club, Darlene Frank, Audrey Kalman, and Lisa Meltzer Penn are carrying on the club’s 100-year tradition of “Writers Helping Writers.” MEET THEM IN PERSON: Look for their special appearances during Fair Week!

In the spirit of creative collaboration, we’ll post the feedback on each selected entry for the benefit of other writers. The literary stage has offered editing workshops to enthusiastic audiences since 2009; this new lottery extends the learning opportunity to all writers who access our literary page. To participate, check the Optional Lottery Sign-up during registration. By choosing this free option, if you are a winner of this lottery you agree to have your submission and its critique posted right on this page.

EXTRA: each winner will also be offered a no-charge phone consultation on his/her writing.
Lisa Meltzer Penn (Short Story)
Audrey Kalman (Essay)



Want to learn these pros’ editing tips before you enter the San Mateo County Fair Literary Contests?

Attend the CWC meeting “Red Pen Secrets: Editing Tips and Tricks” so Lisa and Audrey can teach you how to edit your work!
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10am to 12pm
Belmont Public Library
Members $10.00; Non-Members $13.00; Students $10.00 with ID



Volunteer during the Fair to win a FREE one-year membership to the Caifornia Writers Club Membership!
(Value worth over $150.00)
Sponsored by the San Francisco/Peninsula Writers

All you have to do is be willing to help! You can work from home or come to the fair and help out at the Literary Stage. Assist Bardi behind the scenes, support the California Writers Club sponsored workshops and presentations; sell the “Carry the Light” anthology; interact with fairgoers; promote the club’s features and benefits to literary contestants; or join the audience and enjoy professional-level workshops.

To be eligible to win this exciting raffle, you must help for a minimum of a three-hour shift at home or the fair that is not related to your own presentation (such as a reading for Fault Zone). You will receive free parking passes and fair entry tickets and all you have to do in return is spend a few fun hours with us. To increase your odds of winning you can enter your name into the hat every day you offer your assistance.

The winner of our free one-year CWC membership raffle will be announced on the Literary Stage on the second Saturday at 2:00 pm. You need not be present to win.


The SF/Peninsula Writers sponsor four fair contests – the CWC Writer of the Year; the Carry the Light Anthology Book Cover Contest, the Fault Zone Anthology Book Cover Art contest, and the Volunteer Raffle. Members also enter fair contests, winning cash prizes and adding these wins to their bios; other members act as judges and contest sponsors. Due to everyone’s efforts, contest entries have more than doubled. During the fair run, we promote the CWC and our branch Fault Zone anthology contests for non-members. We have attracted new members to the club, and some have gone on to serve on the board.

By sharing our stage with other CWC branches, local clubs, and individuals who want to create, we’ve built a reputation as event promoters with our “mini conferences.” We also aligned with SM County Supervisors Slocum and Groom: in 2014, we introduced the first San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, MFA. She ran two rousing poetry events featuring other local Poet Laureates. Each year CWC members, contest entrants, and interested fairgoers volunteer to help by participating behind the scenes, or onsite, promoting events, assisting during the fair, setting up displays, and editing Carry the Light, our annual anthology of fair submissions published by Sand Hill Review Press.

For this year’s theme at the fair, we’ve chosen the CWC motto “Writers Helping Writers” with an emphasis on mentoring. Members Darlene Frank, Audrey Kalman, and Lisa Meltzer Penn are sponsoring new critique lotteries to coincide with the fair contests. It is a perfect fit with our members who volunteer their talents to encourage aspiring writers and in the process, share their passion for the written word.

Literary Arts Info

Outstanding Leadership Award


The John Kyne Award was inaugurated in 1974 in memory of John Kyne. The recipient of this prestigious youth award is selected based on their quality and diversity of exhibits throughout the Fair; demonstrated assistance with other exhibitors and department supervisors in the form of teaching, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude and cooperation; and their efforts and assistance given to the fair.

Full details & application »